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When Fiction Becomes Fact

I’m quite excited. There have been two recent science articles that show technology is catching up to my science fiction book, The Animus Portal. I love it when fiction becomes fact.

the animus portal science fiction scifi When Fiction Becomes FactMy book describes the journey of a single piece of technology, implanted in the brain to cure dementia. Humble beginnings that sour as it is adapted for wider social solutions, everything from social media to through influencing human behaviour. Although done for the best of reasons, allegedly, it becomes a challenge to put the genie back in the bottle. I am currently writing the sequel.

node human Bryan Johnson kernelLooking at the two articles to which I allude, $100million project to make intelligence boosting brain implant, and Forget typing, Computers will be able to read your mind and convert thoughts to text you could argue that in time they could head in a similar direction. Do you think the military or politicians would leave this technology in a benevolent state? Would it become too great a temptation to use in their ultimate goal to build the ultimate soldier that would do their leader’s bidding? Is it in everybody’s interest to link our brains together to create the ultimate super computer?

These articles speak of the chasm yet to be crossed in this work. How can we get technology to accurately both understand and communicate with the brain and its inputs.

Below is a small good and bad table I’ve worked up as to whether this technology would ultimately be bad for us:

GoodBad
Understand the brain in fine detailUnderstand the brain in fine detail
No more need to lieLying is a safety feature of the human race
Influence behaviour to halt recidivismInfluence behaviour to remove free will
Cure ailments of the brainIs nature giving us these ailments as a way of telling us we need to die as part of the normal order of things
With no more lies comes the honest politicianCan politicians and leaders influence the voter?
Interacting directly with the Brain is the ultimate scientific goalShould we ever tamper with the brain?
We don’t need a private, unreadable spaceMore than anything we need a private, unreadable space for sanity’s sake

 

Have you noticed how circular the arguments are for this work on the brain? The one thing you can be sure of, the people who work on the brain are not like climbers who climb Everest ‘because it is there’, but because they are sure that this is a step that needs to be taken.

The one single question that needs to be asked is ‘should we go there?’ I believe it is certain that this question is being asked by these scientists. Whether you agree with their answer is the real point.

1984 has Arrived

1984 has arrived and we didn’t even see it coming. The book, 1984 by George Orwell is still a great piece of social comment and analysis. Along with ‘Animal Farm‘ in which he depicts a world where ‘we are all equal but some are more equal than others’ his social comment was levelled at rampant socialism in 1949 but can easily be likened to what is evident today – it’s positively Orwellian!

george orwell 1984I was spurred to write about this, a need I have felt coming for quite a while, by three articles I read online today.

The first article was closely aligned to this same topic; the second – in the same publication – castigated Adele for having her own way – for the second time no less – and not doing as she was told by the Geldof crew et al. Apparently she did not contribute one of her songs to some up and coming charity album that is intended to split the proceeds between Oxfam and the fund set up after the MP Jo Cox’ death. Apparently she had the gall to privately contribute to a couple of charities close to that same MP’s heart and not to the fund set up in the unfortunate dead MPs honour. With what we know about such funds these days, who can blame her?

The third article was about Christopher Biggins on Big Brother (originally the all-powerful virtual leader in ‘1984’) of all things. His view on AIDs and its spread was something he had read and truly believed in. And yet he was booted out for those same opinions, in spite of worse being said by others around him. Please, please don’t misunderstand me – I DO NOT watch Big Brother, nor do I particularly care about Christopher Biggins, but it was another example of someone censured for his opinions.

Have so few people noticed in a society that promotes ‘me, me, me’ that when someone tries to do their own thing or put forward their opinions they are vilified – usually as racist or anti-LGBT – the ultimate slurs of choice these days. I am not going to talk about Brexit but let’s face it, that was the ultimate trial of the liberal left – the ‘more equal’ over the rest of us, the plebes or merely ‘equal’ in society.

Time and time again I read in the paper how well-known people, famous for their positive and progressive deeds back in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s are shouted down by self-appointed guardians of today’s prevailing wisdom. I couldn’t believe it when I read how poorly received were Germaine Greer’s opinions on the Transgender topic at a talk to Cambridge University’s Student’s Union. She has an opinion, she was asked to speak and she did. Rather than play by democratic rules and Evelyn Beatrice Hall’s words “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” she was booed from the stage. That’s a very left wing response from a champagne liberal university. The net result is that your opinion will be heard – provided you say what we want you to say.

My formative years were the ‘70’s and I remember well the extremism practiced in the Student’s Unions across the country under the guise of the National Union of Students. As far as I was concerned this union, of which I had to be a member in that closed shop, was all about securing good deals for students – cheaper books, holiday deals, and of course the Union Bar. What it was full of, and it appears to be pretty much the same now, was a select few that decided a political bias was called for – these same people chose running the Student’s Union over getting a real job – the prevailing opinion then and now.

This same problem exists outside the world of academia; the social/liberal/lefties that look down upon the rest of the population are alive and kicking – and still live in Hampstead Heath although their kind is spreading out into the population at large, buoyed on by ‘celebrities’ whose primary skill is not to think but to repeat words of others. They tell us who to vote for and they deride us when we vote ‘incorrectly’ according to their plan. Addressing their latest battle cry, that we should take everyone in from everywhere – especially Syria, I have noticed that other than Lambeth Palace, I have yet to see one of these mouthpieces set up a refugee camp on their vast estates to ease the problem they say we are causing by our disagreement.

I’m not offering any opinions on current geo-political circumstances, but I just want you to think a little about the fact that we were once horrified, and rightly so, at the dystopian world painted for us by Mr Orwell – we should remain so, and stop the gradual erosion of our fears of control by celebrity and gameshow mentality, when Big Brother now means a house full of misfits and wannabes, and soundbites are all we are capable of hearing.

If you have never read 1984 or Animal Farm, I encourage you do so or even watch the 1984 and Animal Farm films if you prefer: the parallels to today are uncanny and more than a little disturbing. Are we already living in a dystopian world? Do we believe what we are told by the authorities? Should we?

Science Fiction Influences Reality – True or False?

All in all I am not as convinced that Science Fiction influences reality – our lives – as much as we think – or would like to think. It’s the old argument of life imitating art or vice versa.

the animus portal science fiction influences reality scifiI write science fiction – I love science fiction. To write it I observe and understand current technology and extrapolate where it might be sometime in the near future, say thirty years from now. I have had a few instances where Google has endeavoured to catch up with my thought processes but I doubt very much that it’s because I have influenced Larry Page or Sergey Brin through my writing.

No, I think sci-fi writers simply think ahead of the curve – we find answers for our needs – it’s what we do for entertainment J If you are a lead thinker in real science, such as Stephen Hawking, you spend a lot of time thinking about how to get there – how to solve similar needs – that’s how real-world technology evolves as well. Humbly, I prefer to get there rather than work out how exactly – I doubt the detail of that particular journey would be entertaining but to any but a very small minority.

Here are a few examples that bring into question the science fiction influence in life:

Science Fiction Influences Reality – Self-driving cars

– sort of reality now – sci-fi films where self-driving cars were used:

Demolition Man – frustratingly safe

audi tt Science Fiction Influences RealityI, Robot – way less fun than in manual mode – we can definitely thank this film for the Audi TT

The Jetsons – I think the father drove the family car – mostly

Minority Report – they look good but self-driving – where’s the fun in that?

Total Recall – The Johnny Cab – probably the most annoying self-driving vehicle ever, although the Google self-driving car looks like it might be a close contender

Batman – the Batmobile – in the ‘60’s they had awesome ‘self-driving’ cars – shame you had to wear leotards and a cape to have it take notice of you!

Fifth Element – more useful and the driver had better repartee than the Johnny Cab – and it certainly looked more fun when flying!

Knight Rider – anyone watching in the ‘70’s loved this car – fast, indestructible, obedient and not always sarcastic to the driver – what a car!

Logan’s Run – another boring pod car!

Timecop – clearly of its time in aesthetic form – not even vaguely good-looking but at least it had time on its side

Science Fiction Influences Reality – Communications:

Dick Tracey’s watch – 2-way radio was the first real celluloid comms device to be remembered by the general public – it was cool when you think that in 1952 the most mobile radio was the Infantry Walkie-Talkie – not exactly something you could put in your pocket or put on a table in a restaurant. Modern comms was inevitably going to reduce in size as technology improves – we are now at a stage when getting smaller is not an option – ease of use is compromised if devices get too small. This demonstrates a natural development around size and capability. Very small devices such as smart phones on wrists tend to be loaded with only a subset of functionality to make them manageable.

motorola fliptac science fiction influences realityThe Star Trek comms device – we all know this one – did it really influence the Motorola Flip-TAC’s design? Life imitating art or vice versa?

While we’re talking about Star Trek, it doesn’t matter whether you like it or not, the long-running programme does appear to have been a pretty great influence on the World. Or has it? Although you can point to it as having first mooted everything from tablet computers, body health analysers, and all the way through to translation devices, was it really the parent of all that progeny? Or was this kind of development really just the logical next step? After all, the computer keeps getting smaller and more powerful so all of these inventions might be argued as being inevitable. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

Science Fiction Influences Reality – Weaponry:

XM-25 Grenade Launcher science fiction influences realityWith respect to conventional weaponry, ‘advances’, if they can be called that, will tend towards the more autonomous devices and the integration of AI (Artificial Intelligence). A simple yet powerful example of using modern technology to kill more effectively is the XM-25 Grenade Launcher – its rounds might yet not be able to follow a target (like the ZF-1 multi-weapon in Fifth Element) but it is laser aimed and rounds can be set to explode when it is near the target using accurate distance measurement. Don’t bother hiding around the corner! Still not autonomous though. Why?

As of yet we are still to be allowed to use armed autonomous robots – the fear is that they will have problems differentiating between friend and foe – we’ve all seen Terminator or heard about Tay, the racist and generally anti-human AI from Microsoft. Considering the all too frequent friendly fire of sentient beings I tend to agree with this approach. Not even modern weapons are perfect, only more efficient at killings. Will Asimov’s 3 laws of robotics be enough to protect us? If you say yes they will, then I suggest you read the book “I, Robot”, and not just watch the film.

The closest automated device is probably the remotely controlled Maars system; it has four grenade launchers and a machine gun that packs 400 rounds of 7.62 calibre ammunition. Nothing you would want pointing in the wrong direction – wonder how that would defend us if we introduced it to Tay? Of course, there are always armed drones – they may not be autonomous yet although they do have autopilot, fortunately they are manually controlled when it opens fire yet still they have their share of detractors and controversy.

laser system on US Navy ship science fiction influences realityIn the 21st century we are heading towards lasers and true star wars, and not simply political posturing. Laser weapons are the most exciting, most potentially dangerous and accurately targeted but also have the capacity for the longest distance killing field. Even the Rail Gun (a hand held version was used in Eraser along with a see-through-anything laser sight) cannot compete – its ammo travels at almost the speed of light but still sits in second place because in the end the ‘bullet’ is still only a physical projectile mass that, even at its amazing speed still has a parabolic trajectory – back to Earth. By 2023 it’s been announced that the US Navy (and others probably) will have laser weapons.

I could wax lyrical about weapon technology for ever – after all, we make our best technological progress when working out how best to kill another person – but it’s not really the point of this article.

I hope I have given you some insight into the fact that those who give thanks to science fiction for a number of modern inventions may not have been quite right in their assertions as some would have you believe. What you should realise is that science fiction, especially near-future science fiction is not as easy as you may think and that technology will eventually make these quantum leaps towards reality without necessarily being guided by a good story.

Nevertheless, good science fiction is still good science fiction!

Plasma Engines – Who’d ’A Thought it?

plasma engines Ion-Engine-Test-Firing

plasma engines USS Enterprise NCC-1701-AI remember when I first watched Star Trek – I love the idea of those engines on the USS Enterprise. They had apparently no visible means of propulsion apart from the central hull with what looked like it had a glowing blue radome at one end and the twin pods that resembled engines that glowed red at the front end – I just realised they also looked like the edible sweet cigarettes you could buy back when I was a kid! Back on subject, these engines had no moving parts, no obvious sign of propulsion. Did you ever question whether their vision was possible? So how does this link to plasma engines?

What is Plasma?

Plasma plasma enginesFor those of you that don’t have physics degrees (I don’t either), you are probably wondering what plasma is? It’s not the stuff in our blood although the name is the same. No, simply put it’s a soup of positive and negative particles mixed together in an unstable, excited form. I have provided a link to a YouTube video that describes it in more detail if you’re interested. You have already seen it in your everyday life, everything from fluorescent lighting to fire (chemists regard fire as chemical plasma).

Plasma Engines – What Are They?

hall thruster plasma enginesPlasma engines are usually small devices – about the size of an ice cube in most cases. They fire positive ions at up to 43,000 miles per hour away from them. Wow, you think, that’s fast and so why can’t they be used for space flight? Well they are used for flight, sort of. If you imagine the pressure a 5p piece (or a dime) exerts on your hand just by laying there then you begin to understand just how small this thrust really is. In spite of this they are already used to maintain altitude for satellites in space. They use a tiny fraction of the fuel required of a normal thruster to do the same task. These tiny thrusters have saved millions of dollars in space programmes as they have extended the life of innumerable satellites.

If they’re that good, what’s the downside of a plasma engine?

I’m glad you asked 🙂 As the positive ions are forced out of the thruster they degrade the directional funnel at the exhaust, thus limiting the life of each thruster. Damn! So they won’t get us to the far reaches of space any time soon, then. Or will they?

wall less plasma engineA French scientific team have recently built what they have called a wall-less Hall Thruster. It’s configuration literally uses no wall to contain output thrust, instead the exhaust is directed by electromagnetic forces out the back, where it is mixed with electrons as it hurtles outwards, thus neutralising their draw to the nearest solid object, namely the spacecraft. So that problem is solved.

So what next?

plasma engines Ion-Engine-Test-FiringGet a big, flat surface, line up hundreds or even thousands of these thrusters pointing in the same direction and fire. The acceleration won’t be quite as fearsome as a wheelchair but as the spacecraft continues to accelerate on a constant basis through the vacuum of space the speeds become enormous, giving rise to serious potential of space travel to distant galaxies.

Alternatively, build a big, kick-ass thruster and guess what? It will look very much like the blue thrusters you see in sci-fi films. We’re getting there 🙂

Apocalyptic Landscape – What Will It Look Like?

apocalyptic landscape TWD zombie apocalypse
apocalyptic landscape TWD zombie apocalypse
Unlikely the roads will be this clear!

Many of us have a fascination about the Apocalypse, how will we survive, what will we eat, drink, and the beigest question of all will be – will it even be possible to survive after such an all-encompassing event? Few of us give a lot of time to the question of the apocalyptic landscape. Will it create a world full of monsters – would you even want to survive?

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This is the reality of the apocalypse after only a few years! Fukushima 4 years later

The apocalyptic landscape will define us eventually, from what we will need to do to survive through to determining what type of food will be available. Remember that having been knocked off our dominant perch there is always the risk that in time we will become food for something else. Still want to survive?

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Nature’s Camouflage – Fukushima

There are some people who will be grateful to see an end to Man’s influence over the apocalyptic landscape. If Man has no influence, how quickly will evidence of our existence disappear from the surface of the planet?

apocalyptic landscape TWD zombie apocalypse
There should be more spider webs in TWD!

I found a few interesting photos of existing, here and now apocalyptic landscapes that give us a clue as to what our planet will look like in due course. Rather than saying any more, just look at these pictures – they say more than a thousand words!

apocalyptic landscape TWD zombie apocalypse
Future transport – if the roads are good enough!

How Do Zombies See?

how do zombies see

zombie eyes how do zombies seeI know that every one of us has asked that question at one time or another. Assuming brain function even at the lowest possible level is achievable, how can the eyes actually do their job? Just how do zombies see us?

The eyes are an external interface directly connected to the brain – the window to our souls. It is natural to assume the eyes would have some sort of kindred functionality. So what is it?

I think I have the answer to the question – how do zombies see?

how do zombies see zombie eyesAssuming the eyes and brains have any functionality at all then it can also be correctly assumed that the overall performance levels of these organs are degenerated. When a person gets older we know that hearing degrades, losing the ability to detect the higher frequencies.

how do zombies seeIf eyes do the same thing: degrading after the owner dies and becomes a zombie then my theory holds water. As the cones and rods denature (grow mushy) their ability to take advantage not only of the ability to focus but also the higher light frequencies degrades. As a result it may even be that the ability to detect lower frequencies such as infrared is increased. If that’s the case then it may explain the ability of zombies to detect a breather from a distance. We glow white to them, our infrared radiation beating down on them like a summer sun – unlike their buddies. It might also explain why they stumble around with their arms out, their ability to detect their surroundings will be very poor especially at night or in cooler climates.

Whow do zombies see zombie eyes infraredhite eyes. If a zombie is able to see through nacreous eyes then the eyes may be mimicking infrared sensors which also have white covers to filter out the other frequencies.

So there you have it, another argument against zombie behaviour quashed!

Post-Apocalyptic Party!

wasteland post-apocalyptic party

Why is (almost) everything bigger in America? Is it because they have more land? Or is it because they embrace things and ideas more fiercely? Everything post-apocalyptic seems to be a special favourite these days.

wasteland post-apocalyptic partyThe latest news is that you can attend a post-apocalyptic party in the Mojave Desert for a taste of what it’s like to exist in a crumbling society, although I suspect that good and plentiful food and fun rather than surviving will be high on most people’s agenda.

post apocalyptic party souvenirsWith 2,500 people at the latest event at a place called ‘Wasteland’ – perhaps an accurate description of this little slice of desert – it has grown significantly since the first one back in 2010. Looking at the participants, all of whom have to dress up in appropriate costume, it doesn’t look like their well-fed carcasses have been suffering very long. In spite of my cynicism, it looks like pretty good fun with entertainment laid on for the evenings including bands and even combat competitions.

Much as I reckon it’d be a bloody great party, I still wonder how something so Mad Max-esque could have such an attraction to modern young people, after all I was in my late teens when Mad Max came out (1979) so even a thirty year old hadn’t been born at that time. Damn, I feel old when I think of it in those terms. If any of you out there can answer that I’d love to hear from you. Maybe it’s all the zombie apocalypse stuff that’s digging up interest in these older films.

post apocalypse partyMaybe we simply like the idea of a new world order, and perhaps an apocalypse is the only way to achieve it. Let’s face it the politicians will never make enough change to give us the changes we need.

Scopolamine Uses – Become A Zombie

blowing powder uses for scopolamine

Who here hasn’t taken scopolamine at one time or another? Scopolamine uses – what are they? It has many mundane and valid uses, such as for seasickness, or perhaps relaxing you enough to get on an aeroplane when you’re scared witless of that form of travel; it has many positive – and legal – uses. It has other medicinal benefits for conditions that include intestinal spasms, irritable bowel syndrome and Clozapine-induced hypersalivation (drooling to us mere mortals). Drooling – now we’re getting closer to the zombies I want to discuss.

The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle first in the Trilogy scopolamine usesDevil’s Breath – a name that will forever strike fear into the heart of anyone who knows what it is and does. If you’re anything like me, you will have wondered what it is to be a zombie – I’ve even written a few chapters in my books on that exact subject (check out chapter 26 of The Common Cold: A zombie Chronicle and Chapter 4 of Return Of A King: A Zombie Chronicle). At that time I did not have the benefit of the research I have just done on Devil’s Breath.return of a king zombie apocalypse london leicester demontfort contagion armageddon horror plague richard iii

The worst aspect of this drug when applied by malfeasants is that it totally removes any resistance to suggestion. It’s been used as anything from date rape (like those scumbags require any more ammunition) to theft. The most incredible story I read about was a young man that woke up in his apartment to find it completely empty. Not only was he confused enough not to know how he even returned home the night before but when he confronted the doorman of his apartment block and asked why he let someone take all his belongings, the doorman replied that he had instructed the doorman that it was okay and was even helping the thieves carry his stuff out to the waiting truck. I hate to think what the insurance company made of such a story!

There have been recent ‘attacks’ using this drug in Paris, with the added fear that it is likely to spread across Europe. An old lady had powder blown in her face by a young Chinese woman, after which she was led home and asked to put all her valuables in a bag for the thieves, who then casually departed, never to be seen again.
blowing powder uses for scopolamine usesWhile doing this research I remembered that this drug has been used in films, from James Bond to The Serpent and The Rainbow (1988) so unknown to me I already had some exposure to the world of scopolamine in the non-medicinal sense.

So back to zombies. Once turned zombies no longer have access to their own free will, pretty much like those under the effects of scopolamine. They have no memory, again… If a person appears to behave normally under the effects of burundanga, the Colombian name for the drug, then what is actually going on in their brain? With little residual memory of events did the victim ‘think’ like a zombie (by the way, not so unexpectedly the colloquial name for these victims is ‘zombie’). Perhaps this is one of the scariest aspects of being a victim – apart from being powerless against the desires of the perpetrator, have the victims become a ‘zombie for a day’?

angel trumpet uses for scopolamine usesLike a lot of Colombia, Angel Trumpets, the plant from which this evil is derived is beautiful – beautiful but deadly.

Something Sad About The Past

abandoned soviet space shuttle something sad about the past

I found an article in a newspaper the other day that epitomises how inanimate objects from the past can make you feel sad, even for a moment. There is always something sad about the past you might think, just a little at least, mostly because it’s past and can no longer be.

b24-liberator-wreck-atka-island-alaska something sad about the past
What was going through the pilot’s mind at that moment?

For me, there is no sadder inanimate object from the past than an abandoned aircraft, irrespective of whose side it was on. Do you remember the space race, or is it just an expression to you? For me as a kid growing up it held both fascination and fear for what could be. I have always believed that an aircraft keeps in it the fears and loves of the pilots who manned (or womanned – how come there’s no such word?) it.

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FW-109 – one tough old bird!

Being a pilot myself, I understand the fact only too well that every flight you take could be your last – there are inherent dangers in hauling a chunk of solidness loaded with fuel into the sky by hanging off a propeller or being pushed by a controlled and constant explosion in a jet turbine. For the average passenger on an aeroplane there is an element of risk but it is masked by the fact that it’s made to look incredibly safe, and unless you frequently travel on business you don’t strap on a plane every day for a living. It’s a fact that humans can accept a certain amount of risk (herd mentality) in order to go on holiday and as long as the peanuts and drinks keep coming they are happy.

Like a house that has witnessed some terrible sadness or tragedy, I believe an aircraft soaks up human emotional energy. Maybe it’s just my imagination but when I saw the photos of the abandoned Soviet space shuttles in Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, the same feeling of sadness engulfed me. Although these craft had never been flown due to the Soviet Union’s collapse, they still had the effort and dreams of their creators riveted and glued into every panel of the space craft. And yet they were abandoned.

abandoned soviet space shuttle something sad about the pastCovered in dust, panels slowly falling away, housed in a decaying yet massive hangar, it’s on a par with wandering around the Mary Celeste. What is interesting is the fact that the aircraft are in pretty good shape, unlike the hangars that housed them. The technology was clearly pretty damn good – yes, I know most people think that the technology was essentially American due to espionage, but maybe not; how many ways are there to build a craft that can both fly in our atmosphere and handle space and re-entry? Same problem, similar solution.

aircraft graveyard something sad about the past
Photo by Walter Arnold

If you think I’m just being an old fool, have a wander around an airfield sometime, look in the corners where old aircraft go to die or be cannibalised and tell me the skeletons, large or small, don’t evoke a sense of something lost. I suspect my zombie followers know exactly what I mean.

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Weird Science Is Responsible – I Knew It!

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There is some weird science being talked about at the moment. If you’ve ever considered quantum physics, and let’s face it, who hasn’t, then you will understand why witnesses to a crime will have each seen something different for the same event. Any policeman will tell you that witnesses aren’t worth doodley-squat.

weird scienceI won’t go into any depth, trust me when I say that you have to turn your mind inside out to get this, but the recent experiments at an Australian University show that atomic particles only function in the way for which you are measuring. So what the hell does that mean? It means that the way a substance behaves, like a wave or particle, is post-determined – in other words if you measure waves it behaves like a wave and shows results. If you measure particles you will detect particles. Measurements can only happen after the fact, so there.

That’s the science.

Now for the easy part. What does this mean for all of us? This micro-science appears to be pretty meaningless to us macro-entities. Or is it? As I said above witnesses see different things during the same event – why else would there be some many criminals walking free? Or are they?

Let’s look at it from a different perspective. When you were a little kid you believed that the whole world revolved around you, didn’t you? I did. For a small child it is hard to imagine that all these things could be going on around you when you didn’t witness them? As we grow older we conquer this feeling – well, most of us do. But what exactly are we conquering? It’s like that old question, ‘if a tree falls in a forest where no-one is present, does it make a sound?’ We only know of other things happening around us after the fact, discussion, gossip, or the news. If we didn’t have this information, did it really happen?

Quantum physics may be well out of our reach in terms of understanding these aspects, but it has a lot to offer if you really want to mindf**k people at parties. After all, that’s what psychologists/psychiatrists do to us all the time, except they give each aspect technical names and make it sound like they know what they are talking about!

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