Monday Morning Medicine Podcast: Power outages, communication, and how a tiny Robin redbreast taught me quantum mechanics.

Posted by Trevor on 2 November 2014 | 6 Comments


Happy Monday morning everybody,

Thanks to Michael who sent me this excellent article. You’re Powered by Quantum Mechanics.

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  1. Tav says:

    So many beautiful comments in this week’s cast. What I heard most was a deep, deep sense of peace in your voice. Funny what can come out of a power outage which lead to childhood family memories of talks around the fireplace to a robin and back to another beautiful family memory. All so peacefully wrapped within one another. The story about the robin wasn’t wasted on me as further proof of quantum physics of which I’m a true believer but it sits in the background of hearing your pleasant memories and mostly the peacefulness of your being. Beautiful!

  2. Juan G Florez says:

    From the moment about a week ago when I magically stumbled upon your book, deep down I knew you were for real. And I felt your love as I read those letters on the book as if your story was meant for me.

    Thank you for your awesomeness. Please keep sharing more. Thanks Trevor

  3. bill says:

    Re: linked article. Ugh, it upsets me when people use the “weirdness” of quantum mechanic theory to explain “weirdness” in the everyday world. A more likely explanation is that the models of quantum mechanics are wrong, and that the theory has been propagated by politics among its backers rather than science (like when creators of QM, Bohr and Von Neumann, told the inventor of the laser that a laser was impossible and the he clearly did not understand QM – right before he showed them an actual working laser!).

    Dr. Carver Mead is a winner of the national medal of technology (US version of a Nobel prize), the inventor of the design techniques used in all modern micro-electronics, and founder of several billion$ physics-based companies. He says QM is all wrong, starting with the QM model of an electron. He says that an electron is not a point-particle that is somehow propelled around a nucleus while not radiating energy (violating Maxwell’s equations), nor is an electron a fuzzy-probability cloud that magically materializes when observed; rather, Mead proposes that an electron is a 2D surface-wave of energy looping around itself in the shape of a spherical shell (in its simplest configuration). Add energy to the wave by absorbing photons and it changes frequency or increases in diameter (mile wide electrons are possible in high-energy particle accelerators!). With this model there is no uncertainty, nothing special about being observed, nothing weird.

    Here is the famous interview of Carver Mead where he explains in non-technical terms how QM evolved and why it is wrong:

    • Trevor says:

      I am more in the corner of Dr. Stephen K. Parrott and believe Carver Mead in no way delivers on the promises made to derive classical electrodynamics in a novel way from the experimental behavior of quantum liquids. His interview deliberately made controversial to sell a book, a book which has fallen fairly flat because it does not follow any logical analysis. Indeed the book makes two elementary mathematical mistakes early on and that for most people is enough to discount his rhetoric. I like alternative views but I am not convinced that his have any merit. I also cannot believe in comparing the National medal of technology with a Nobel prize. Every country bestows honors but none can compare to the Nobel.It is good to challenge popular beliefs, but the challenger has to have the same credentials and/or evidence.

  4. Declan says:

    “I maintain that the human mystery is incredibly demeaned by scientific reductionism, with its claim in promissory materialism to account eventually for all of the spiritual world in terms of patterns of neuronal activity. This belief must be classed as a superstition … we have to recognize that we are spiritual beings with souls existing in a spiritual world as well as material beings with bodies and brains existing in a material world.” Sir John Eccles , Nobel Prize , 1963. I like this quote! 🙂

    • Trevor says:

      Am I a fusion of quantum parts? Who cares so long as I am a happy fusion.
      Am I a hologram? Who cares so long as I am a happy hologram.
      Am I a spiritual being having a physical experience? Who cares so long as my spirits are high.
      Let’s sip some spirits, fuse some quantum cocktails, and create hologram heaven or hell.
      Trevor Blake, No prizes, 2014

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