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A Video Exposition: Quantum Theory, Waves, and the Bulbous Bow of Confusion, by Doug “Uncola” Lynn

Physics’ Heisenberg Uncertainty principle may have implications for the current state of affairs: it’s impossible to get a fix on both a light wave’s position and direction, and it’s impossible to get a fix on the state of affairs from either political vantage point. From Doug “Uncola” Lynn at theburningplatform.com:

The “Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle” is a mathematical law of the universe involving “trade-offs”.  In fact, it could be summarized as the law of having your cake but not being able to eat it too.  Or, as applied for the sake of this article, it means either position or momentum can be measured at any given time, but not both simultaneously; at least not accurately.

I, personally, favor the rows or columns example of the Uncertainty Principle because of its simplicity in explaining Quantum Mechanics intuitively; if that were possible.  The point is when studying columns the definitions of the rowsdisappear, and when focusing on the rows the columns vanish.

And this, of course, is different than the “Observer Effect” of Quantum Theory because the Uncertainty Principle is a mathematical formula independent of any observation, per se, as opposed to Schrodinger’s Cat and the Double Slit Experiment. The former claims the act of observation itself collapses either of two realities into one (or the other), while the latter demonstrates how waves will act like particles – but only while being observed.

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