Archiv der Kategorie: Philosophie

Philosophie ist nie zu weit von der Physik. Es ist in ihrem Überdeckung, die ich erwarten Durchbrüche.

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 “Sie,” 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.

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Contradictions,,en,Das Leben ist voller Widersprüche,,en,Ich besuche einen Forschungs Rückzug auf Achtsamkeit und kontemplativen Praktiken an den schönen,,en,Garrison Institute,,en,Ich bin viele interessante Dinge zu lernen,,en,und eine gewisse Menge,,en,gleichgesinnten und exzellent Leute,,en,die Art von Menschen, mit denen konnte ich tief Gespräch über die unwirkliche Natur der Realität hat,,en,anders als die meisten Menschen aus anderen Bereichen des Lebens höflich würde und sich taktvoll entschuldigen, wenn ich ein bisschen unwirklich bekommen,,en,Ich habe gerade meine erste Amtszeit als Professor an der Singapore Management University,,en,Ich lehrte einen Bachelor-Kurs namens Computer als Analysewerkzeug,,en,das auf Geschäftsprozessmodellierung und datengesteuerten Entscheidungsunterstützung,,en,Ich hatte über,,en,in drei Abschnitten von drei Unterrichtsstunden pro Woche je,,en

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. Es ist 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, Ich sagte,, is that QM deals with a reality that we have no access to, through our sensory and perceptual apparatuses. Andererseits, 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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Quantenmechanik

Quantenmechanik (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. Und, 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. Wirklich.

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Reduktionismus

In allen unseren wissenschaftlichen Bemühungen, wir verwenden ähnliche Techniken auf hoher Ebene zu verstehen und zu studieren Dinge. Die am weitesten verbreitete Technik ist Reduktionismus. Es basiert auf der Annahme, dass das Verhalten, Eigenschaften und Struktur von großen und komplexen Objekten kann in ihrer einfacheren Bestandteile zu verstehen. Mit anderen Worten, wir versuchen, das Ganze zu verstehen (das Universum, beispielsweise) in Bezug auf kleinere, reduziert Bestandteile (wie Teilchen).

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