Romance

Romance is love in superposition. Observed, it lives or dies.

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51-55, M
7 Responses Feb 10, 2010

Dreamer333: I know that my proposal that our brains may not figure everything that we experience probably seems like a total cop-out. I’m not suggesting that we’re Borg. I just don’t think that all the ideas that come into my mind necessarily originate there. I also don’t think I’m schizophrenic. I guess I was prodding you for some ideas about what you think about how we think.<br />
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I still wish I hadn't lost my previous post. I had some ideas that aren't coming back. It may be one of the perils of ageing.

Dreamer333: I wrote an extensive response, but it was lost. I was logged in to EP when I started writing, but EP forgot. Everything got lost when I posted. <br />
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I’m pretty sure that I don’t have any Josephson Junctions in my head. What if our brains don’t actually do the computing? If I didn’t understand how my computer worked, I might assume that the results from a search engine were in my computer when I bought it. Perhaps our brains are better at communicating than computing.<br />
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When I used to program, I frequently thought about a problem for a few minutes before I went to sleep. When I awoke, I rushed to work and coded the night’s results for a couple of hours. Then I had to look busy for the rest of the day. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t come close to coding the quality or quantity by “pushing on.” When I worked this way, it always felt like intuition, rather than remembering something that I’d previously figured out. I don’t know if quantum computing was involved, but something far beyond my personal abilities was.

Cool, but have you heard about the argument that the temperature in our brains is too high, that immediate quantum decoherence will take place. So that the brain cannot behave like a quantum computer.

Dreamer333: Sorry it took so long to get back to you. <br />
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Robert James Waller wrote an essay about romance, which he delivered as a commencement speech at the University of Northern Iowa on July 29, 1983. He also wrote “The Bridges of Madison County.” The essay is included in “Old Songs in a New Café” by Waller. He talked about how elusive romance is, and gave several good examples. I got the idea that romance, when analyzed, disappears from Waller. He wrote about how wonderful it was to have a twenty-two year marriage with his wife, Georgia Ann. He later divorced, so his ideas on this subject may be suspect.<br />
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I recently read “E=mc2 A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation” by David Bodanis. The book is not rigorous, but it is an enjoyable and entertaining history of some aspects of physics. The idea that things we consider to be emotional and “slippery” may be exhibiting quantum characteristics just popped into my head. <br />
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I suspect that our brains are hybrids. We think that we think using reason and logic. I think that often we do. But other times our brains act much more like quantum computers. More likely, our brains are purely quantum computers, and appear to apply reason and logic when solving certain problems. Newtonian mechanics appears to work much of the time, when in fact, it is operating in a narrow range of reality.

Interesting, a quantum view of romance. Romance is not logical it is to do with a bigger picture (superposition), yet thinking about it logically only allows you to see part of it (hence you lose the romance). The parallels between our mind and the quantum world seem almost too big to be ignored. <br />
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The big question is why do such parallels exist? (something to think about)

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