“... everyone who comes into contact with a child is a teacher who incessantly describes the world to him, until the moment when the child is capable of perceiving the world as it is described. According to Don Juan, we have no memory of that portentous moment, simply because none of us could possibly have had any point of reference to compare it to anything else. From that moment on, however, the child is a member. He knows the description of the world; and his membership becomes full fledged, I suppose, when he is capable of making all the proper perceptual interpretations which, by conforming to that description, validate it ...”
Carlos Castaneda

Journey to Ixtlan

Quantum Mechanics


Yesterday I came across Ron Garret (and his excellent writing on tables vs. css) and this morning I sat down to read his paper Quantum Mysteries Disentangled. I was hoping it would shed some light for me on Quantum Mechanics, but I didn’t get most of it. I did get the end – a Zen Koan from one Douglas Hofstadter:

“Two monks were arguing about a flag. One Said, “The flag is moving.” The other said, “The wind is moving”. The sixth patriarch, Zeno, happened to be passing by. He told them “Not the wind, not the flas. Mind is moving”.

As I read the paper a feeling crept into my bones from one year (a long time ago) I spent in the physics department of a university. It felt ominous, pushy and irrelevant. I observed this sensation, and then brought my attention back to the paper in my hand and two thoughts came to me. (1) It is funny how the mind takes a long and convoluted path in it’s insistence to comprehend, and how nature dances with it providing it with a balanced diet of comprehension and mystery. (2) It seems that some people are naturally inclined to things like logic, mathematics & science as they manifest in the mind, I am not one of those people.

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