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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

We knew that, already.

In the early parts of the 20th century a radical new theory began to sweep through the scientific community, (there were no reliable vacuums in those days, so sweeping was the best they could hope for), that offered to explain almost everything in the universe.  It was called Quantum Mechanics, or Quantum Physics.

This new approach was considered revolutionary and many Mechanics, or Physicists, felt that it would explain almost everything everywhere, all the time.  Of course, scientist are kind of radical about those things and sometimes they get a little carried away.

However, being scientists, the first thing they did was rush over to the black board and start writing complex mathematical formulas that consisted mostly of letters, a few numbers and some zeros.

Soon enough, they realized that math with letters is really hard, and may be impossible, so they started doing experiments, which every one knows is the fun part of being a scientist.

What they found was shocking, if you put a cat in a closed room with cyanide, and it takes the cyanide, but you don't see it take the cyanide, only later you open the door and see the cat has taken the cyanide, or didn't take the cyanide until after you opened the door, wait, there was something about a switch, I think...  Well that is not a very good example for lay people like you guys.

Let's move onto time, apparently Quantum Mechanics or Physics, I am not sure why they ever used mechanics, I've done a little bit of auto repair, kind of, at least I do pump my own gas, well most of the time, sometimes I loan my wife my car when it is almost empty and she has to fill it up, though she is catching on to that little trick.  Anyway, Quantum Physics states that time can be a variable, dependent on placement and situation.  As explained here.

Obviously, quantum physicists never had to read one of their articles, because that was the longest 5 minutes of my life.  It seemed like days, and I slept through the worst parts.  And, I swear to you, when you are in a traffic jam, or a doctor's waiting room time almost stops.  And on the weekend, time is shot from a cannon, and flies away, frighteningly fast.   We don't need a rocket scientist, or a quantum physicist to explain that, do we?

Don't forget to tune in tomorrow when we cover the Evolutionary Biology and the US Houses of Congress.