Rebellion: Physics to Personal Will

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I mentioned to an Indian gentleman of my generation that aspects of statistical physics are part of his common sense and, for that matter, underlie it.

He seemed startled: “How can that be?”

“You are immersed in the same rules that manage the stars. Statistical physics appears to be tough because of all the squiggles that people invent. Einstein had a rough time with gravity but, most of the time, you and I handle gravity just fine. Physicists, after all, complicate nature to the point they no longer understand her.”

Nature’s shelters give physicists and psychologists their most interesting set of problems and solutions. Physicists must abandon common sense in order to describe peculiarities such as quantum phenomena; psychologists, on the other hand, find common sense itself to be peculiar because they neglect the events studied by physicists, chemists, and biologists.

Regardless of a Designer, there are designs.

That is, some parts of physics are so woven into your nature that, when noticed, you will find them obvious, comfortable, and dependable unless you happen to be a physicist! Your common sense—things that you do that were easy to learn, shared by most of your relatives, and difficult only when you try to resist—rests in principles that also guide water to become ice or steam or that influence two pendulums to move as one. Your experience of ambivalence, confusion, danger, and even the different roles taken by the average woman or man closely overlap with the behavior of phase transitions, oscillations, synchrony, emergent networks, and exploratory systems … all familiar things with strange names. Eventually, the match between the physics in your mind and that in your universe draws your notice as surely as a flame draws a moth. We study Mother and reflect back to her what we see and she gains self-awareness through her children.

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