Birthday part 2 - Journal of Omnifarious
Jul. 30th, 2006
11:57 pm - Birthday part 2
Well, klicrai and rainonthewind got me some wonderful presents. Books off of my Amazon wish list. They got me The Tao of Physics, The Web of Life, and The Forever Peace. I'm really looking forward to reading them.
klicrai also prodded me into going out and doing stuff after dinner with some members of my family I see less often than I ought to.
We went and saw Clerks II, which was hilarious. We were laughing for about 20% of the time spent watching it. I highly recommend it. I will never look at mules the same way again.
Then we went and play Teken 5 until I got a blister. I did much better than I was expecting, especially against klicrai, who is actually fairly good at it.
Edit 2006-07-31 06:29
We also watched "What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?" before I went out to dinner with my family. It was interesting and puzzling. I liked a lot of it. I thought there was a lot of worthwhile stuff about the implications of quantum physics and interesting things about psychology, but I didn't buy a lot of the mysticism.
While the 'observer' plays an important role in quantum physics, anything which can carry away definitive information about the state of the system acts in the role of the observer. I think one of the most fruitful areas of research in quantum physics is determining just how big a system you can coax into a quantum superposition of states, and exactly what events are required to collapse that state into the kind of reality we're used to. But, positing that the soul somehow lies in this area of the unknown in physics is a big stretch, and that's the stretch the movie seemed to be trying to make.
I would be really interested in a critical analysis of two experiments in the movie. The first is the experiment where people meditate on water and thereby change how the molecules organize themselves. The second is an experiment where a whole bunch of people come into a city and meditate on peace or crime reduction and reduce the crime rate.