Title: Two Places At Once
Date: October 13, 2015
I double-booked myself. I was supposed to be in two places at the same time, miles apart. I wish could be, but I can’t. There’s a religious word for being in two places simultaneously – bilocation. Through the ages, saints are said to have bilocated. In the twentieth century, according to eyewitness accounts, Padre Pio is believed to have bilocated. Did he?
There’s another word for simultaneously being in two locations – superposition. Superposition comes from quantum mechanics and is a one hundred percent proven phenomenon of physics. Electrons, atoms and molecules can all be put into superposition. This means that they can truly be in two places simultaneously. Think about that – two places at the same time. It’s paradoxical and true.
Science used to think that quantum effects could only occur on the microscopic scale, with only very, very tiny things, like electrons and atoms. The stranger thing is that we know that quantum effects occur on the macroscopic scale, too, and may actually affect biology on the human scale.
If we set aside for a moment what we believe to be true, and instead, begin to think about what actually is true, then we must thank physicists because they are the ones asking the unbiased questions about the structure of our world: Who are we? What is reality? What are we made of? In one sense, physicists are the theologians of our day.
Let’s Pray: Dear God, without regard to belief, we ask, what is the Truth of our reality? Don’t let our beliefs get in the way of Truth. Amen.
Here’s a Question: What are you?
Source: Scientific American, Living in a Quantum World: Quantum mechanics is not just about teeny particles. It applies to things of all sizes: birds, plants, maybe even people, By Vlatko Vedral, June 2011, pp. 36-43.