Why Johnny Can't Do Quantum Mechanics!

The Twilight Zone                                                                 The Outer Limits


    24 November 1958 -- 19 June 1964                                   16 September 1963 -- 16 January 1965

Preamble :

  Inspired by: Paul Stephas, Philip A. Deutchman, David O. Hestenes, N. David Mermin, and Sean M. Carroll, amongst others.  

Six Decades and Counting (1956-57 ⟹ Present)

I present this with a bit of trepidation: olli ≠ university :: unclear exposition :: too many sessions :: evaluations ¬ good. While I have been a teacher most of my life I have never been a teacher per se. I learned very early in the process to become a facilitator and that made all the difference.

More precisely I am an amateur physicist previously employed by the state of Nebraska to teach at KSC 01 July 1991 UNK in Kearney.

And, why do so many consider social engineering to be a nefarious (even criminal) activity?

reality versus Reality (kinda like literally versus Literally.)

          This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back.
You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.
You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Remember: all I'm offering is the truth. Nothing more.

∼ ∼  Morpheus explaining to Neo that the Matrix is an illusory world.  ∼ ∼

Thinking about the McGovern - Nixon election year and subsequent elections:

(Blue Pill) reality : My vote for President matters   · · ·   a lot.

(Red Pill) Reality : My vote for President matters   · · ·   not at all.

Analogy, and Allusion, and Allegory, Oh My! … (1940 11 07, 2001 09 11, but Careful!, because 2017 01 20).

Ontogeny recapitulates Phylogeny

Ontogenesis (systemic changes):
                      the development of an individual organism('s anatomical, or behavioral feature) from the earliest stage to maturity.

Phylogenesis (evolutionary changes):
                      the development (and diversification) of a species (or group of organisms, or of a particular feature of an organism) from an earlier compared to a later generation.

Flat Earth

Zetetic Method: Observing and living confined to local (spatial / temporal) events without too much thought about Reality.


Storm dynamics and accurate mapping needed for extended travel.


Describing celestial events without relying upon complicated geometric constructions.

Approaching Reality

Neither Galileo Galilei's (1564 - 1642) / Johannes Kepler's (1571 - 1630) description(s), nor Sir Isaac Newton's (1643 - 1727) explanation of planetary orbits are consistant with Mercury's orbital motion [1859 (Recognized)] … [1879 (Birth of Albert Einstein)].

Pop Quiz : It's about ( Epistemology) ! If we have no "common background", then we have nothing to discuss.  

Ah-ha! has transformed into Ah-ha gotcha! in recent years.

What do you know about the {1} ∪ {¬ 1} Con · · ·"?

Why are we unable to determine which individuals do not belong in society?

Is there a reason why our fingers are all different lengths?

Jean Piaget's Cognitive Test (Volume Conservation) ⟺ Physical and Mental tabula rasa or (given speech) maybe not so much (id est The old Nature versus Nurture argument).

Each of the following four statements is true, explain.

  1. Yuri Gagarin was launched from (45.920278 N, 63.342222 E) approximately 800 km east of the Caspian Sea.
  2. 108 minutes later he landed at (51.270682 N, 45.99727 E) a little less than 600 km north of the Caspian Sea.
  3. The landing site is a little more than 1,400 km from the launch site.
  4. Yuri Gagarin in the Vostok 1 capsule completed a little more than one orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.

Describe the Moon's Trajectory and how its appearance changes during the year. Here is a link to a discussion of the Sun's Trajectory in the Milky Way.

Why are the four inner planets "rocky" but the four outer planets "gas giants"?

Economics : What are the essential elements of an economic system ‽

  Particle Physics Perspective : Economic systems are Social Constructs. Spending events create Money. Taxing events annihilate Money.  

The induction into The Cognoscenti

The Talk with The Master

The Time Has Come

Section One : Whence We Came … Inferring The Unknowable.

We are spatial, as well as temporal pattern recognition savants. This deftness, however, has lead us into generating an enormous number of errors.

Through time we have learned to self-correct, but only superficially. As our thinking process is fundamentally flawed, we are unable to penetrate to the core of Reality, because, what little we understand about our surroundings is a distortion of what is actually true.

Section One Notes

Chaos : deterministic randomness
In 1960 one person attempting to model the weather was the American meteorologist Edward N. Lorenz at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Even though we can not know the future it is rigorously deterministic. This is the transitional discussion to force a Confrontation with the Reality of Quantum Mechanics.

Section Two : The Error … The Insufferable Construction!

Happy Centennial! : Despite the fact that most people are completely ignorant of Quantum Mechanics we are in the midst of beginning the second century of its existence.

          I myself have never met an interpretation of quantum mechanics I didn't dislike.

∼ ∼  THE ITHACA INTERPRETATION OF QUANTUM MECHANICS  ∼ ∼ ∼ ∼  by N. David Mermin, 17 September 1996  ∼ ∼

Section Two Notes

Section Three : The Way Forward … Taking Quantum Mechanics Seriously

Potential: Do not try and bend the spoon, that's impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth.

Neo: What truth?

Potential: There is no spoon.

Neo: There is no spoon?

Potential: Then you'll see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

∼ ∼  Foreshadowing: Neo on his way to speak with the Oracle.  ∼ ∼

Section Three Notes

Denouement :

          As you know we are living in a "1984" / "Ideocracy" world that does not recognize expertise as anything other than the arrogant opinion of the self-entitled. There can be no subtlety in a presentation as that signals weakness and lack of resolve.
          No caveats are permitted as that represents equivocation and duplicity. And, most importantly, all coherent arguments must be contained within a sound byte deliverable in thirty seconds or less.

∼ ∼   Me losing all hope.   ∼ ∼