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More Performed Physics

I’ve been doing some more researching into what other science ideas could be interpreted aesthetically or in a performative manner and the following is another list…

1. The Great Attractor: Our local group is being pulled towards the constellation Leo at about 400 mps. This slight Doppler effect was discovered in 1977 by George Smoot, who was looking for unevenness in the Cosmic Background Radiation. No one really knows what it is but it’s gravitational effects are beyond anything we have ever recorded.  Just the idea that something is pulling us, not just us on Earth but us as in the local cluster of galaxies towards itself faster than the universe is expanding is pretty powerful…

2. The Measurement Problem: “The mere act of placing a detection screen or a photomultiplier tube in the path of a photon transforms the photon’s wave/particle duality into a wave or a particle.” “…measurement or observation can so radically change the character of physical reality is the single most outstanding problem of modern physics.” –Does the collapse of the Wave Function coincide with the ‘spark of life’? How are Quantum Mechanics and the Rise of Order connected with the spark of life?– “Thus it appears that nothing physical CAN collapse the wave function (Wigner Interpretation). A nonphysical or extraphysical something must be responsible…” “Our measuring methods are too crude to detect any chance at the quantum level that describes the collapse of the wave function…”

3. Non-locality: a) toss string hard with LED @ end b) dual-exposure, action/reaction “ACTION WITHOUT CAUSATION“. Or at least the illusion of that…

4. Olber’s Paradox: The night sky should be bright considering the number of stars in existence at the time of viewing. Their numbers should make up for their faintness…but no, time gets in the way.  Or is it something else in the way…

5. The Participatory Universe: “The quantum observer stands inside his or her observations, which themselves play an active role in bringing about the very reality they then look at. In a sense not yet fully understood, the quantum observer helps to make the world of his or her observations.” –So is the artists by definition a quantum observer?– “The mere act of measurement converts possibility to actuality, and the kind of measurement that is made determines which kind of actuality will be plucked from the infinite sea of possibility.” “The majority believe that if the wave function collapses, it does so for physical reasons, and if consciousness is one thing that can collapse it, consciousness, too, must have some physical basis.”

6. The Planck Era: “(Hawking) suggests that the universe did not begin as an infinitely hot, dense singularity, but rather as a kind of ‘blur’, like the North Pole on Earth. This is known as the Heisenbergian Blur and would require a theory of quantum gravity the deal with the uncertain blotches of space-time.” “The origin of the universe as we know it could have resulted from the quantum fluctuation of zero total energy. The energy released by expansion during the inflationary era was precisely equal to the mass-energy of the contents of the universe today.”

7. Virtual Transitions: “…badly named because they have REAL effects…known as the Casimir effect.” “A single entity ‘tests the waters’ of reality before actualizing.”  The idea that everything exerts an influence, especially at the quantum level, is interesting to me.  Everything has an effect at some level…every bit of matter and energy effects everything around it…

8. Wave Function and Schrodinger’s Equation: “The quantum wave function is a mathematical description of the possibilities associated with a system at any moment.”

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