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  1. I have implemented a similar idea into the Fertility afghan I am knitting! A bombardment of fertility images, babies, birth, joy, love, growth, beauty, etc I focus on while knitting!

  2. So if anyone sees this ever, can someone reccommend any books on the topic? I’ve tried the ones at my library and they’re junk, according to a physics professor I know. Unfortunately, I’ve lost his recommended reading list and he’s no longer in the area….

  3. I love the theory. it makes alot of sense. Wish i knew more about it. But im not to that point in school yet…
    It’s a really cool theory. Have you proved it yet in anyway besides the book thing???

  4. Thanks for putting up the photos, Holly — they’re lovely and the concept just delights me. (fyi, one pic still isn’t showing up: summonspiritinvokechange-glyph.jpg)

    I’ve got a post set to go on my blog at http://www.loopyknits.com tomorrow, linking here; I can’t resist sharing what a cool project this is. Hope you don’t mind.

    Best – Carolyn

  5. Quantum tarot? Deal me in. You may groan, if you wish. Holly, that’s an experiment that really must be done. And, while I’m thinking about it, I really must go make some quick notes about an idea for a short story…

  6. Strangely enough, I’m reading an article in an old Cosmos magazine on string theory and the many dimensions involved. How about that for pinging your quanta? (And I mean that in the nicest possible way…)

  7. Katie—blue is the color of change winds and storm waves, but also the color of the serenity of the placid lake and the autumn sky. Your blue socks are doing good in the world; more power to them.

    Jim—Thanks. I wish I could do the math. I can visualize the various issues in entanglement quite well; the whole thing simply makes sense to me. I can see ways to design practical experiments (like the double-blind quantum tarot experiment I put together a couple of years ago, and then dumped for lack of the time to run it, for example), and I can figure out useful applications for entanglement involving nothing but our current wetware, should the experiments pan out. But the math that explains why entanglement works the way it does is far beyond anything I can reach.

  8. Woah. I found this article eerie, because there was a very big plot twist in something that I’ve been writing that hinged only upon the power of socks (blue socks in particular) in the toppling of a totalitarian regime. Another proof of the power of quantam at work!

    You know, I really should continue writing that one… I don’t want to piss off the quantam particles.

  9. Anthea—my daughter and I are having a discussion about this very thing right now, because I’m making her a pair, and she wants them to do two things. I’m thinking of ways to work two glyphs into borders. But I’m also considering the effects of mismatched socks.

  10. I admire you more than words can say 🙂

    And I love the socks!

    Do any of the Anzi wear mismatched socks for modifying the purposes?

  11. Beautifully done, Holly. A good understanding of the physics and an excellent adaptation to your story concept.

    I agree with e-Jim that it would be nice if Bell’s theorem were true, but it isn’t, and that is deeper into the depths of quantum physics than I have had time or opportunity to penetrate. At least with understanding. I can follow the math — or at least convinced my teachers I could 🙂 — but most of the arguments at that level leave me subtly unconvinced. I really need to find time to capture that intuition the leaves me unconvinced and win my Nobel prize. 🙂

    In any event, I’m looking forward to the story. 🙂

    Jim

  12. Holly: I think there is something else called nonlocality of mind. Maybe that’s part of Bell as well, since I haven’t done a complete study of it. But I seem to recall that the “ancient” philosophers like Plato etc were dabbling in this stuff too. I once wrote an sf story (buried in the vaults somewhere)where the protagonist managed to access nonlocality of mind and was able to confirm a connection with every mind in existence. I don’t know what I did with the story but I think the idea had been done way before I got into writing sf:-) Also, Rupert Sheldrake has been on Coast to Coast a few times. Interesting stuff. I like the new layout of the Blog btw, Thanks for the reply.

  13. Bell’s theorem is sort of comforting. Testing, however, keeps suggesting that it’s wrong, and that “spooky action at a distance” is a real thing. It is increasingly appearing that God does play dice with the universe. Nice thing is, though, I suspect we get to play, too.

    I keep digging through books on the subject. So far, ENTANGLEMENT, by Amir Aczel, is the one I like best.

    And I deeply suspect that DOGS THAT KNOW WHEN THEIR OWNERS ARE COMING HOME by Rupert Sheldrake is not, as he believes, a series of elegantly-designed experiments in telepathy, but rather in quantum entanglement.

  14. Infinitely geeky, Holly. I love it. And now I must go research quantum entanglement to satisfy my own infinitely geeky curiosity! 😀

  15. God as hidden quanta. There is a book by a Jewish scientist called the Hidden Face of God. It isn’t a proselytistic book, but moreso a book that descibes the complexities of science in a manner that makes everything look almost like we are living in God’s dream. While deep in science, it is a pretty easy read (for those that read such stuff). It is right up the same alley as this post.

    But I have to say, making the leap (quantum pun intended) from quanta to socks is pretty impressive.

  16. The really cool part about your quantum entanglement speculations is that everything you might do using that theory will have ripple effects and, possibly, backlash effects, as well. Unintended side effects can be an awful lot of fun.

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