Quantum mechanics and the new new age
Do the laws of physics as we know them rule out voodoo, telepathy, telekinesis, homeopathy? Can a cat be really dead and alive at the same time? What does that even mean? What about a dog? What about you? What is a quantum computer and why does that help? Why is it so important that even NSA cares?
In the media and in certain circles one often hears that quantum mechanics is used to explain consciousness, telepathic powers, mind over matter, telekinesis, parallel universes, good vibrations, bad vibrations and even what your mother had for breakfast.
Indeed, it is said that no one has a good intuition for quantum physics, and that all kinds of strange things happen in the quantum domain. Yet, like any physical theory, quantum mechanics is designed to describe the world we see and measure, so the strangeness it embodies is limited.
What then do we see?
Charles Marcus will describe what quantum mechanics is, what it is not, and what remains unknown but possible. The perspective will be that of an experimental physicist who believes that observation, and not elegance, is our guide to understanding reality.
Later, cocktails that will make you see several copies of yourself moving in the quantum world while you have the pleasure to listen to an incredibly talented, creative and renowned musician, Kresten Osgood, who has gathered a special constellation for this evening’s Science & Cocktails event.
Entrance to the event is free. No registration is necessary. Doors open at 19:00.
May 6, 2014