Natures wonders: clever tiny wasp controls another (Introduction)

by dhw, Friday, February 03, 2017, 16:23 (1161 days ago) @ David Turell

DAVID: BBella is really referring to the quantum connected universe, I'm sure, not what you are discussing.

BBELLA: Yes, that is correct, David, it is what I was referring to.

dhw: I don’t understand what you mean by the “quantum connected universe”. The universe consists of tiny particles and units of energy some of which sometimes behave in ways we do not understand. Why does this suggest interconnectedness, and how can one experience it at such a level? However, the concept of the universe as a living organism is certainly coherent and conceivable, and it fits in nicely with what I see as possible parallels between the microcosm and the macrocosm.

DAVID: Interconnectedness is a major component of quantum discussions. Split a 'particle' and the sisters retain connections for hundreds of miles, and presumably across the universe.

dhw: How does that mean that ALL "particles" in the universe, including ourselves and every star in every solar system throughout the universe, are connected?

DAVID: That is what the quantum/ philosophers of science believe: read The non-local Universe

While I admire the breadth of your reading, it really doesn’t help me if you answer my questions by giving me a reading list. You have informed me that a particle is split, and its two parts remain connected over hundreds of miles, and therefore what? I should believe that all particles throughout the universe are connected? If you understand the reasoning, I’m sure you can explain it. If you don’t understand it, then maybe you will share my puzzlement.

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