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There Is No Spoon

November 20th, 2008 · 3 Comments


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  • 1 Franklin Harris // Nov 20, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    I already thought everything was just strings vibrating along 10 dimensions of space-time. Does this mean the quantum theorists are right or the string theorists are right? Or both?

  • 2 rea // Dec 19, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    We’d be mere vacuum, but for a simple quark of fate . . .

  • 3 Matt // May 11, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I’m a bit late to this, I know, but I thought I’d comment anyway. I think people sometimes miss an important point when thinking about the physics of very small things. It shouldn’t come as a surprise by now that our perceptions of reality are not actual reality. Our perceptions evolved because of their usefulness not their authenticity. I mean so what if matter can be reduced to fluctuations in the quantum vacuum? It is the interaction of matter on the agregate, whatever it really is, that effects how we interact with our world. It is the interaction of matter that keeps us from being able to pass through walls, so it is a very useful trait to be able to perceive walls as impassible. As is it useful for us to see spoons as very real things, because it allows us to use them.

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