Quantum physics is a mystery to most of us. It is that branch of science which describes the behavior of energy and matter at levels we cannot see. Much of quantum physics borders on the mystical where, for example, particles can be in two different places at the same time, where “Light waves act like particles and particles act like waves…(and) matter can go from one spot to another without moving through the intervening space.”
Paradox abounds in quantum mechanics. A thing appears one way when measured; another when observed.
A physicist by the name of Schrödinger devised an experiment to demonstrate the confusion. This video describes the experiment by which one can conclude that Schrödinger’s cat is both alive and dead at the same time depending on how one measures or observes.
We appear to be at a “quantum moment” in history where our civilization might be both dead and alive at the same time depending on how we observe it. An accumulation of micro views (housing, employment, wars, oil spills, pandemics, health, market charts, web bots, etc) lead one to conclude that we are in horrible shape (dead) while the macro view (“everything seems pretty normal from where I sit”) encourages one to continue on with no change (we’re alive).
As both observer (scientist) and participant (cat) in the great experiment that is going on in the world we have the option to be active rather than passive. For example, if you lived in a waterfront property in Pensacola, Florida what would you be thinking about? What would you be planning for yourself and your family in the face of what might be imminent danger? You might be considering making a run for it. Evacuating. Loading up the car, boat or motorhome and driving to Montana.
Even though we are currently in a place of relative safety in Puget Sound from the imminent possibility of environmental and economic storm, shouldn’t we be thinking about preparing for what is observably and measurably an uncertain future?
Or, we can sit around staring at the box wondering if the cat is dead or alive.