NEWSTROM – Quantum that doggie in the window


IT IS ALWAYS heartening to speculate that there are some people out there in media cyber-land who are reading what I submit.

Even more so when it’s proven; they respond sensibly at length with thinking of their own.

Last week was such a week for me.

I never know if readers are following my connections between the enigmas of quantum theory and the common routines we laugh over, cry over and live through.

The documentary film, What the Bleep Do We Know describes those common, routines so familiar to us.  I am still reviewing that marvelous, sustaining documentary.

Pardon this tangent I am about to launch. What is swirling among my synapses is the triangulation between God, quantum theory and that most common of common words common.

Such a common word, common. Here’s the thing about words like common and the way it is useful to understand any word: use a quality Thesaurus. The Big thing about the Big Thesaurus is it gives a writer the ranges and nuances of a word; much better than the dictionary. What the Big T is to quantum physics the dictionary is to Newtonian physics.

Okay, let’s get on with this discussion.

Big T gives about fifty synonyms for common. In the gaggle below are several meanings that are subtle and suitable for common as we are reviewing it here. It is extracted from my favorite book, the Big T, under, of course, common.

  • familiar
  • frequent
  • natural
  • simple
  • trite
  • universal
  • bourgeois…as in hidebound, Victorian or illiberal
  • humdrum
  • probable
  • banal
  • colloquial
  • monotonous
  • wearisome

You could also mean orthodox, dull as dishwater or insipid but I won’t give any space here to the base meanings of common.

Keep reading, you will see how I group these synonyms. This word meaning investigation relates to the reading response I got from John last week.

Like a true electron, I have no idea where I’m going on this track. But follow, will you.

Last week’s column had been about one, God… two, luck and three, intuition in terms of near fatal logging mishaps. Which of the three is it that really saves us in any near-death experience?

John asked me about eight questions, all of them imponderables and all of them referring to God and/or quantum physics and the relationship between the two. To make it a triangle I have brought in a word that must be common in many cultures, common.

I had introduced the concept of the relationships between God and quantum physics before in my June 4 column and perhaps John is referring to that text.

The important thing to remember there is that very thoughtful people, philosophers, physicists and lay people like you and me have been dwelling on quantum physics and God for some time. Google gives five major articles on the question.

I can tell John believes in God and wonders if God invented quantum physics. So do many physicists who are former atheists or agnostics.

It seems to me that words are like electrons; they keep disappearing and changing. This stuns me to a wordless, comatose state.

Yet I can just barely manage to finish this column by saying:

Here’s what my awe does to words or is it the reverse? I don’t know.

And, yes, this is a competition. Well, it shouldn’t be but maybe it is, reader decides.

This leaves probable and bourgeois. The first, probable, could probably be claimed by both since it is probable that God is somewhere; we are not sure where. Quantum theory can also claim probable because so much of quantum theory is about probability.

So then, I conclude it is probable that God is quantum physics (or something like it) and She is just several quantum steps ahead of us. By the confusion we feel, She probably plans to remain several steps ahead of us.

Is quantum physics bourgeois? The study of it must be. The rich are too lazy to study anything. They are still too upset that the poor have cornered the pop can market. The poor haven’t heard of quantum physics yet. They will.

Elon Newstrom is a Kamloops resident and sometime university student. 

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1 Comment on NEWSTROM – Quantum that doggie in the window

  1. An electron is an interesting part of our universe. Most of my working life was tied up somehow with the workings of electrons. I never saw one of them but because “what they could do and did” could be predicted and measured, I could keep working in the field of electronics and enjoy it.

    We never see electrons, but we understand they are in their places, religiously revolving around their own proton(s). It is as if some unseen law of physics governs even the electron.

    Every cell in our body has molecules, atoms and electrons. We share something in common with the rest of creation. The electron appears to be a common thread.

    Paul, as an adult, became a follower of Jesus Christ. He wrote this about Jesus: Col. 1:16 & 17
    For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

    If that is true, then it is humbling to consider that through His own choice, He held together the fibres of wood in the cross and the molecules of iron in the nails that held Him there as He died.

    And, yes, I was once an atheist.

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