Kategorie Argief: Filosofie

Filosofie is nooit te ver van fisika. Dit is in hul oorvleueling wat ek verwag deurbrake.

When Your Child is as Big as You

My mom used to say that when your child is as big as you, you have to treat them with respect. What she actually said was that you had to address them using a respectful form of “jy,” which doesn’t make any sense in English, but may work in Hindi or French. It worked poetically well in Malayalam. I was reminded of this maternal pearl of wisdom recently when I was watching a movie with my son.

The protagonist in the movie, who felt like a human punching bag, was feeling low and getting drunk in a bar. And then he gets snubbed by a stranger, and walks away muttering something like, “Do I have an Everlast sign pasted on my forehead?”

My son, accurately guessing that I wouldn’t have gotten the reference, explained to me that Everlast was a boxing brand, and that they had punching bags with the name prominently painted on them. He had seen them in his Muay Thai gym. I remembered then that this was exactly the kind of tidbit that I would have loved to share with my pa, while watching a movie or a tennis match or whatever. The wheel had come full circle. Almost.

Ek sê “almostbecause I also remembered a time when the references would become just too many to share, and the sons would turn quiet. In the next five or so short years, I can imagine that my son will also find it overwhelming to keep explaining every little reference that flies past me. He also will turn more and more silent. While dreading that inevitable age of silence, I enjoy this moment for now, when his repertoire of interesting tidbits has grown beyond mine. And remember some other things that I wrote a while ago, in a moment of melancholy inspiration.

Die Sony radio speel op, ondeurdringbare aan hierdie droewe musings, met jong gelukkig stemme dishing liedjies en grappe vir die voordeel van 'n nuwe generasie van yuppie pendelaars vol oorgawe en gretigheid 'n wêreld te verower. Little do they know — it was all conquered many times over during the summers of yester years with the same gusto and passion. Die ou Vanguards stap eenkant gewillig en plek te maak vir die kinders van nuwe somers.

Die nuwe generasie het verskillende smaak. Hulle neurie aan verskillende iTunes op hul iPods. Hierdie pragtige radio-ontvanger, met die meeste van dit sewentien vreemd kort golf bands nou stil, is waarskynlik die laaste van sy soort. Die musiek en grappies van die volgende generasie het verander. Hul hare-doen en style verander. Maar die nuwe veldtog hef in met dieselfde drome van glorie as die kinders voor hulle. Hulle is dieselfde oorgawe. Dieselfde passie.

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Life is full of contradictions.

I am attending a research retreat on mindfulness and contemplative practices at the beautiful Garrison Institute. I am learning a lot of interesting things, and meeting a lot of like-minded and excellent people – the kind of people with whom I could have deep conversation about the unreal nature of reality, unlike most people from other walks of life would politely and tactfully excuse themselves when I get a bit unreal.

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Twilight Years

At some point in our life, we come to accept the fact we are closer to death than life. What lies ahead is definitely less significant than what is left behind. These are the twilight years, and I have come to accept them. With darkness descending over the horizons, and the long shadows of misspent years and evaded human conditions slithering all around me, I peer into the void, into an eternity of silence and dreamlessness. Dit is almost time.

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Interpretation of Special Relativity

When we looked at Quantum Mechanics, we talked about its various interpretations. The reason we have such interpretations, I said, is that QM deals with a reality that we have no access to, through our sensory and perceptual apparatuses. Aan die ander kant, Special Relativity is about macro objects in motion, and we have no problem imagining such things. So why would we need to have an interpretation? The answer is a subtle one.
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Quantum Field Theory

In this post on Quantum Mechanics (QM), we will go a bit beyond it and touch upon Quantum Field Theory – the way it is used in particle physics. In the last couple of posts, I outlined a philosophical introduction to QM, as well as its historical origin – how it came about as an ad-hoc explanation of the blackbody radiation, and a brilliant description of the photoelectric effect.
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Kwantummeganika

Kwantummeganika (QM) is the physics of small things. How do they behave and how do they interact with each other? Conspicuously absent from this framework of QM is why. Why small things do what they do is a question QM leaves alone. En, if you are to make any headway into this subject, your best bet is to curb your urge to ask why. Nature is what she is. Our job is to understand the rules by which she plays the game of reality, and do our best to make use of those rules to our advantage in experiments and technologies. Ours is not to reason why. Regtig.

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reduksionisme

In al ons wetenskaplike pogings, Ons gebruik dieselfde hoë-vlak tegnieke te verstaan ​​en te bestudeer dinge. Die mees algemene tegniek is reduksionisme. Dit is gebaseer op die oortuiging dat die gedrag, eienskappe en struktuur van 'n groot en komplekse voorwerpe kan verstaan ​​word in terme van hul eenvoudiger bestanddele. Met ander woorde, Ons probeer om die geheel te verstaan (die heelal, byvoorbeeld) in terme van kleiner, verminder bestanddele (soos deeltjies).

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