Was Ab an Einstein

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Michael Brooks thinks that the quantum world is a computer, a quantum computer, infinitely powerful, and infinitely ubiquitous. There are no yesterdays or tomorrows in the quantum world. As in a tapestry, a flow of time does not exist. All that has been or ever will be is in the present. That’s why a quantum particle can be in different places at a given time, and why entanglement and other anomalies can occur at the atomic and sub-atomic level. All the matter that we encounter during our short physical existence is basically empty except for a mysterious dark energy, sometimes called the God particle, which our best scientists know little about. The physical world, as we perceive it, exists only in our consciousness.

Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Hume, and Darwin were the Great Enlighteners. Their discoveries about the physical world disproved myth, witchcraft, superstition, the uniqueness and dominance of humans, and the narrative of the Bible. Sitting in his office at the Swiss Patent Institute, Ab pondered these great scientists and longed to take a place at the top of the pack. However, he had not been offered a position with any of the best universities, so his time and resources were limited. The scientific rage, at that time, was to discover how light works, or to discover a perpetual motion machine. Suddenly Ab sat upright with a striking idea. What was this Tesla fellow working on with alternating positive and negative charges of electricity? Perhaps this idea could explain how light works. Although light is a wave, it can also be a photon with both a negative and positive energy charge. The discharge of negative energy replenishes the positive charge and vice versa. Ab correctly concluded that light is a perpetual energy stream.

In 1905 Ab published his theory of light and became famous overnight. During the next few years he published his Energy equals Mass at the speed of light theory, which he incorrectly squared the C as an afterthought because squaring was in vogue. Ab thought the formula looked better squared. As well, Ab failed to follow up with the full implications of his theory. If energy equals mass at the speed of light, then light equals mass at slower than the speed of light. Ab incorrectly maintained that the speed of light was constant, and left others to determine how light is scattered, slowed, and converted to mass.

Next, Ab followed with his theory of relativity. Not only was this theory in conflict with Newton’s theory of gravitation, it required special dispensations to make it work. Still, Ab was now on a level with Newton and the others, if not greater than them all, at least in the eye of the public. He was not satisfied with his success, however, and became obsessed with finding his Old Man's secrets. He wanted a theory of everything. Quantum physics was the answer, but Ab refused to embrace it. He felt that his Old Man would never leave things to chance, never roll the dice, so to speak, so he looked his quarry in the eye, and turned away.

Carl Sagan thinks that we are a way for the cosmos to know itself and that is why we exist. Perhaps the Upanishads had a better understanding of the physical world through their religion than our scientists do today with all our modern technology, machines, and equipment. Consider this quote from Chandogya Upanishad more than twenty-five hundred years ago: Hinduism venerates one ultimate reality that is a single God who, out of his self, projected the universe and therefore has entered into all things. All that is has its self in him alone. Of all things, he is the subtle essence. He is the truth. He is the Self. And that . . . THAT ARE THOU.

The quantum world is a computer, and physical existence is a projection from it. We are the programmers of this quantum computer. Aside from unavoidable vicissitudes and serendipitous events, our future is largely determined by our decisions, choices, and actions, or lack thereof. We, alone, are primarily responsible for the results of the wonderful privilege of having been alive. By the way, lucky Ab was no Einstein.

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I am a reader of books, especially biographies, philosophy, and history. I am the founder and CEO of Lane & McLaughlin Manufacturing, Inc. I am happily married, have four children, and four grandchildren. I am 74 years old, and in good health.