State of becoming

One rendition of the concept of “superposition” in quantum physics allows (demands) that an object which might be in one of two states is actually in BOTH states until it is “observed” from the outside, at which point it collapses into one state or the other.  It is really a state of pure potential, a state of becoming, rather than one of static definition.  Sounds like it would be both exciting and stressful.  (In Schrodinger’s famous thought experiment, a cat in a box is both alive and dead at the same time.)

It also sounds a lot like childhood (or even college), when you could still be anything, so in a sense you WERE anything.  Undefined, unrestricted, as yet “unobserved” from the outside.  How can it not be a sad day when we wake up to realize that we’ve “been observed”?  That you have been defined, boxed in, by a label such as “teacher” or “mother” or “lawyer” or <pick your own.>  That the cat has been let out of the box and we’ve collapsed into static definition?

Or is it really never too late?

3 Responses to “State of becoming”

  1. W.C. Varones Says:

    Don’t eat the brown acid.

  2. Bluegill Says:

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Bluegill.

  3. Still becoming « Massless Particles Says:

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