We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.
Free-floating planets had been predicted but now have finally been detected. Jupiter-sized planets float alone in the dark of space, without orbiting a star at all. Astronomers have discovered up to ten of these so called orphan planets while scanning the center of the Milky Way.
They are around 20.000 light years from Earth. Scientists estimate that there may be about as many of them as stars what make them as common as the orbiting planets we know.
There are more books in the world than hours in which to read them. We are thus deeply influenced by books we haven’t read, that we haven’t had the time to read. Who has actually read Finnegans Wake – I mean from beginning to end? Who has read the Bible properly, from Genesis to the Apocalypse?
Jonathan Keats, once described as ‘a poet of ideas’ by the New Yorker, is about to pioneer nuptial quantum entanglement at Art Currents Institute. According to quantum mechanics, when two or more particles are entangled, they behave as if they were one and the same. Any change to one instantaneously and identically changes those entangle with it, even if they are a universe apart. Extreme romance, isn’t it?
In the picture: Particle tracks. wiki.brown.edu
The procedures are, technologically, as follows: the equipment is placed near a window where, exposed to solar radiation, a nonlinear crystal entangles photons. Pairs of these are divided by prisms. The photoelectric effect translates their entangled state to the bodies of the couple, entangling them in a quantum wedding. Mr. Keats, who is happily entangled with his wife, says that ‘it is even easier than getting an x-ray’. Paperwork is not required either.
The entanglement will have to be taken on faith because any attempt to measure a quantum system disentangles it.
A quantum marriage will literally be broken up by skepticism about it. Nuptial entanglement is a state of belief.
Marshall McLuhan was a master of pattern recognition.