Quantum Studies in the News – 20 Jan 2016

newspaperThis month, several slightly geeky articles raise interesting points related to quantum studies. I think those points are worth considering, in light of the Mandela Effect.

The first appeared at ComputerWeekly. I’m intrigued by the idea of consciously making business choices in the context of MWI (Many Worlds Interpretation). Author Brian McKenna has taken quantum science in a surprising direction, with applications in the business world.

However, I’m not sure we’re actually “navigating” parallel universes via those decisions. (If you can explain that to me, please do.)

The following are some key excerpts from the article.

Honey, I split the universe — quantum physics and BI

By Brian McKenna on January 20, 2016

This a guest blogpost by James Richardson, business analytics strategist, Qlik

I find solace in the many worlds interpretation (MWI) of reality. In layman’s terms, the idea, first proposed by physicist Hugh Everett in 1957, means that ‘every possible outcome of every event defines or exists in its own “history” or “world”‘.  In other words, every time an event happens the universe splits. …

So how does this relate to business intelligence (BI)? …

Here’s my logic:

1.         People use BI as a driver for decisions.

2.         Decision events split universes.

3.         Therefore BI is a tool for switching between parallel universes.

To push the logic further, if the likely decision outcome is known, BI is a tool for consciously navigating parallel universes.

Read more at: http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/Data-Matters/2016/01/honey-i-split-the-universe—-quantum-physics-and-bi.html

Do you think that your decisions — daily, unconscious ones, or even deliberate choices — affect whether or not you experience the Mandela Effect? Do those of us with alternate memories have them because we’re decision-makers… and we tend to make choices that take us outside the lock-step conformity of society and some pop culture?

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Next, I’d like to talk about Chad Orzel’s explanation in a Forbes.com article, What The Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Physics Really Means (Jan 5, 2016)

Early in the article, he says:

The explanation here is really that we’re constrained to only perceive a single reality at a time, and that perception is entangled with the outcome we’re seeing. [Emphasis added]

I like the emphasis on perception. It’s a little challenging to think we’re in all realities at one time, but aren’t consciously aware of it. However, I can’t rule that out as a possibility… or even a strong likelihood.

But then he says,

There’s a ‘world’ for every possible sequence of events, and these are completely separate and inaccessible to one another. [Emphasis added.]

I’m uneasy with the assumption that multiple realities are “inaccessible to one another,” unless he’s talking about a merge (or partial merge) between realities.

The Mandela Effect suggests that we can access different worlds or realities. (Of course, that’s only if you like the concept that we’re sliding between realities, as opposed to being in a holodeck or simulator.)

Read more of his article at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/chadorzel/2016/01/05/what-the-many-worlds-interpretation-of-quantum-physics-really-means/

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And then there’s the NPR article, How Real Is Reality?, posted January 5, 2016, by Adam Frank. I’m including this excerpt because it amuses me, and — of course — he’s at least partly correct. It’s why — at this point — no one can say exactly what’s causing the Mandela Effect.

“Quantum mechanics (or ‘quantum physics’) is the body of knowledge related to the nanoworld of molecules, atoms and the component parts. It’s the most powerful and accurate theory human beings have ever, ever, ever developed. The computer you’re reading these words on now wouldn’t be possible without quantum physics. But beneath all that power is a remarkable paradox that should never be forgotten: No one knows what quantum mechanics is talking about.” [Emphasis added.]

Read more of Mr. Frank’s article at: http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/01/05/462010293/how-real-is-reality

If you have any thoughts about these articles, or you’ve found something interesting in the news — related to the Mandela Effect — I hope you’ll leave a comment, below.

11 thoughts on “Quantum Studies in the News – 20 Jan 2016”

  1. Fiona said: “The Mandela Effect suggests that we can access different worlds or realities. (Of course, that’s only if you like the concept that we’re sliding between realities, as opposed to being in a holodeck or simulator.)”

    That is a beautifully succinct statement of the two by far most promising explanations for ME: sliding or holodeck. You might have noticed that my theories tend to go in *both* of those directions. I have never been able to choose one theory over the other as both seem equally plausible. But this is OK, since I reject the idea that it is an either/or choice. We could just as well ask, is light a wave or a particle? The answer is yes. And no, and both and neither. Similarly, is our “reality” a multiverse we slide through or a holodeck we inhabit? I believe the answer is yes. And no, and both and neither.

    I believe the slide and the holodeck are not at all incompatible, and in fact are most likely just two alternative human-friendly metaphors for the same fundamental underlying structure of the universe/multiverse, two alternate, equally accurate (but not necessarily exact) descriptions of the same phenomenon, each useful in a different context. Put another way, there could be many, many alternative holodeck simulations running in parallel that we experience as different universes, and we (at least some of us) have some ability to shift our characters/avatars, or at least our conscious awareness, from one holodeck/simulation/shard to another.

  2. Note on page 2 of the Orzel article the diagram and later description of the Mach-Zender interferometer – consisting of two mirrors and two beam splitters, which are in fact very special and useful variants of mirrors, 50% reflective and 50% transparent. You will find such arrangements of mirrors all over modern physics, both relativity and quantum. As I have mentioned over in the Alice and Mirror threads, the connection between the “looking glass” and alternate universes is no coincidence or metaphor – something the eminent mathematician Lewis Caroll was intuitively, even presciently, hooked into.

    Timeline of some interesting events involving mirrors, light, and bizarre new revelations in physics:

    1865 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
    1871 Through the Looking Glass
    1887 Michaelson-Morely Experiment
    Classic experiment using an interferometer, an arrangement of mirrors, discovers that classical understanding of light is completely flawed
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelson%E2%80%93Morley_experiment
    1900 Max Planck launches the earliest beginnings of Quantum Theory
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planck_constant
    1905 Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity, explains the results of Michaelson-Morely experiment. Time and space can stretch and bend in ways that really would make Alice very small if she went very close to the speed of light.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Length_contraction
    1935 EPR Paradox – Einstein and others attempt to disprove quantum theory by showing that it leads to unacceptable “weirdness”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EPR_paradox
    1935 Schrödinger’s cat thought experiment also attempts to show unacceptable “quantum weirdness” by being simultaneously alive and dead. Maybe he just faded out gradually, leaving only his smile?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schr%C3%B6dinger's_cat
    1957: Hugh Everett proposes Many Worlds Interpretation – quantum effects could be explained by postulating many universes – everything that can happen does happen in some alternate universe
    1964 Bell’s Theorem describes how to finally settle the question of the reality of “quantum wierdness”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell's_theorem
    1972-2015 Experiments prove Bells Theorem using increasingly sophisticated arrangements of mirrors and half-silvered mirrors, demonstrating that the world really is as bizarre as quantum theory says it is.
    1999-2000 Delayed Choice Quantum Eraser experiments use other complex arrangements of mirrors and half-silvered mirrors to demonstrate that cause and effect can work backward through time.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wikhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delayed_choice_quantum_eraseri/Delayed_choice_quantum_eraser

    Physics really took off into the weird realms of alternate universes shortly after Lewis Carroll, when science became enamored of The Looking Glass.

    1. Ok. Personally Ive been walking through the miltiverse since 1997. I do it with my third eye, or pineal gland. The first opening was almost like a sattering of a widowpane. I saw things similar to the schroedingers cat mushed up half dead alive in physical reality. Fortunately they were small things like a gestalt fly and half slugs dead. I wished for an easier way through…something like a shower curtain made of water. I started hanging in what i term the void. A cloudy place with NO PEOPLE. All the buildings were still there. The only thing that holds the void together is a single bird singing on a telephone wire. I found that if i walked THRU the void i could make it to the place where the people could follow me thru first in groups then en masse. Now after this many years of gatekeeping, i can drive through a void and watch the cars follow. I would also like to mention a bridge made of night and the classic personification of death. There are no people there either., but this time, it not being made of light, the feeling of death as the very atmosphere yes the guy with the scythe, sickle whatever. Except instead of seeing him you feel his presence as the very air you breathe. I have only walked thru the dark void and only once. This corresponds in my mind to the black hole wormhole and white hole wormhole. At first upon observation of a laundry room, I thought, clothes go IN the washer and OUT the dryer, like the washer a black hole and the dryer a white hole. In otherwords if one were to walk thru a black hole, somehow they were connected in tbe middle and one would get spit out the white hole into another universe. And that all we can observe in our skies is the one side of them, black or white. Now I am starting to think they are mutually exclusive, after walking thru both. I definitely prefer the light void bridge. But then again, I hardly walk at night. is there any math, physics or astrophysics that explains my experiences, if one were to humour me and consider them real? Because to ME, yes they are quite real. I have been sliding 18, almost 19 years. Thank you for your time. Peace out.

      1. gaelicfawn,
        We have a bunch of theories around here, based on the math and physics that we know. What I believe is that our normal reality is actually just a simulation, created by some sort of powerful computer system, and that there are other, similar simulations that we can move to, and this is how we “slide” around the multiverse.

        If that is the case, then I would theorize that your third eye, your cloudy void place, the bridge, the laundry room, the grim reaper, and so on might be bits of “user interface”, a very realistic looking control system that the computer is presenting to you that you can interact with to control where you are “sliding” to. You could think of these control elements as far more advanced versions of the windows, menus and so on that you normally use to get around the files and programs on your laptop, tablet or phone. These interface controls would be no less real, and no more real, than your normal world of cars and buildings and people, but they do special things, allowing you to navigate the multiverse.

        This interface might be unique and personal to you, based on symbols that resonate with you – other people might have different interfaces, but we don’t know, since no one else here seems to have found any such control system at all. If all this is true, then I envy you having found the sliding control system. So far, everyone else here seems to be just sliding around randomly without any control over it – perhaps for whatever reason you have been granted the key to access the control system.

        If I had such a key, I would explore those controls and learn to better navigate around the multiverse. Probably the death imagery is warning you away from less desirable universes and the light is pointing you to better ones. You might have a gift that you just need to learn to use, to move toward your most desired reality. Good luck! Let us know how it goes.

  3. Here\’s a few more recent exciting quantum links.

    Quantum Links in Time and Space May Form the Universe\’s Foundation
    http://www.wired.com/2016/01/quantum-links-in-time-and-space-may-form-the-universes-foundation/

    Reality doesn’t exist until we measure it
    http://www.sciencealert.com/reality-doesn-t-exist-until-we-measure-it-quantum-experiment-confirms

    Tensor Networks and Entanglement
    https://www.quantamagazine.org/20150428-how-quantum-pairs-stitch-space-time/

    Brian Whitworth Quantum Virtual World Article
    http://gizmodo.com/5-reasons-our-universe-might-actually-be-a-virtual-real-1665353513
    (A full paper by Whitworth with more details http://arxiv.org/pdf/0801.0337.pdf)

    1. Very cool, Dan! I was hoping this post would spark discussion. I hadn’t anticipated great responses like yours, and noone’s. Thanks, and I’m going to be very busy, reading and digesting all of this… probably for several days. Fascinating insights!

      1. Cool! How goes the reading?

        Here’s a couple more good links:

        Here we find a deep connection between hypothetical symmetry of time (that the basic physical laws *should* work equally well in reverse time) and the symmetry of space (that basic physical laws should work equally well in a mirror reflected universe).
        ” Whereas T(ime symmetry) involves looking at movies run backward in time, P involves looking at movies reflected in a mirror. Parity invariance is the hypothesis that the events you see in the reflected movies follow the same laws as the originals.”
        https://www.quantamagazine.org/20160107-arrow-of-time-axions/

        And here is more on the flow of time and increasing entropy, explained here as a consequence of quantum entanglement (Einstein’s hated “spooky action at a distance”).
        https://www.quantamagazine.org/20140416-times-arrow-traced-to-quantum-source/

  4. The mandela effect in my all recollection, has never been this significant at least for me in the past 90 to 120 days.
    It appears by all manner of my personal research that a significant “shift” in my reality has occurred. I first noticed the shift in early Novemeber. I have been an avid user of You Tube for more than a decade. It is when I noticed the amount of new material in the from of videos about some of my favorite musical bands some of which I have been a fan for more than 30 years , that really got me curious. Many video’s I had never scene before singing songs, interviews that were never there before and yet they had many likes. They were not recent posting. But the personality of some of my favorite musicians during these interviews seemed a bit off, like the manner in which they spoke was similiar but with oddities. I checked wikepedia and found that information of past band members I had never heard of before, managers of the band I had never heard of. When you a big fan of anything you tend to know these things almost as second nature., and I do…at least I though I did. It was a shock and a very uncomfortable feeling came over me. I checked some historical facts concerning some presidents of the U.S. and found again a historical anomaly, I knew just couldn’t be. A case in point is that of Richard Nixon. I know or did know for almost 4 decades that he graduated Law school from Whittier College of Law a small college not to far from where I live. However it NOW appears that Nixon never went to Whittier College of Law, but instead went to Duke University to acquire his J.D. I was floored, my eyes couldn’t believe what I was reading. Its the tip of the iceberg, and since then, I have noticed many changes including military aircraft that exist or did exist in this timeline, but never did my timeline. I am an Air Force veteran and again it was like a twilight zone moment, almost surreal.

  5. Can I offer a different perspective on “reality.” In the above cited work, it is stated that we “split realities” every time we make a decision or an event happens, much like an ever-growing tree.

    I’ve been working on a different perspective towards life as we know it. What if “time” is nothing but an illusion itself? Huxley said as much in his mescaline adventures (and indeed my own “revelation” came in an altered state as well). What if all “events” in what you’d call your life all co-incide? Or rather, “happen at the same time” for lack of a better way of putting it. Take a pack of cards, toss it in the air and freeze it…each card is a moment in your life. They’re all happening at once. What we’d call “time” then is nothing but the mind’s journey between events. Huxley described the brain as a “valve” that limits perception of true reality. In my thinking it is also the “clock” that creates the illusion of time.

    Now, if we go by the idea that all possible outcomes are played out, that makes the “frozen deck of cards in the air” a multidimensional deck of cards. Not only do all the moments of your life happen all at once, but also all the moments of all the POSSIBLE choices you could have made. It gives a whole new perspective to Marshall McLuhan’s statement that we “live in a new world of all-at-onceness.” And if time is the mind’s journey between events, is it possible to side-step to a parallel event? (heck, I’m almost seeing a grand cosmic game of “plinko”) Huxley again says the mescaline causes the brain “valve” to malfunction, allowing a short-circuit to happen around it, allowing him to see far more of reality than normal. Can the brain “valve” malfunction and cause a side-step to another event? In my theory, this is how the “deja-vu” experience happens…the mind suddenly becomes aware that it is simultaneously in two different events..the valve short-circuits…and information is shared between those two events (which is why you’d feel you had “been there before”). Can this “deja-vu” experience work laterally as well, where we gain information from a parallel as opposed to a “future” event?

    But this doesn’t explain things like Charles M. Schultz becoming Charles M. Schulz. Maybe someone has given the cosmic “plinko” game a kick?

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