3 July 2008 at 14:01 (Uncategorized)

A loose transcription of Dr Larry Fleinhardt‘s dialogue, from Numb3rss2e01

Are you familiar with, quantum entanglement? It’s a theory that holds that photons come in pairs that are separated by space and time, but always in instantaneous, inexplicable communication. Einstein calls it a “spooky action at a distance.” I find the notion fairly romantic.

I mean, we affect each other, even when we don’t mean to, even when we don’t want to, we’re connected. Even when we try to be unaffected.

The universe is accelerating at such a rate that someday eventually it will all fly apart and all matter will just drift alone and become disconnected. How sad that would be if human beings were to behave in a similar fashion? After considerable inner debate, I find that the risks of human contact are more than compensated for by the rewards.



  1. nimeton said,

    Good to see you got around to posting this… It is a useful scientific explanation for the saying ‘no man is an island’ and fits nicely with your statement the other day that maths/science is an important tool to explain the world :)

    anyway, reminds me to watch those episodes on my desktop.

  2. monototo said,

    it’s not a scientific explanation, he’s not saying love or human pair bonding exist as a result of “spooky action at a distance”. He’s being romantic, poetic, metaphoric. He’s saying that in the same manner which forces hold matter together will only remain effective for a limited time, our opportunities to be with one another are also limited.

    The other day I wasn’t talking about using maths/science as a tool to find metaphors to explain things to people. I was trying to promote real applied maths – a lot less romantic/poetic but much more practical.

  3. nimeton said,

    yes, fair enough, i was aware he was being romantic as per our conversation the other day but my statement above was still a bit off. thanks for the clarification at any rate.

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