Quantum physics and Schrödinger’s liar

ÖK. We’ve dealt in earlier posts with quantum mechanics and the concept of Schrödinger’s cat, in which a cat in a box is in a state of being both dead and alive at the same time and the observer can only determine the state of the animal when he or she opens the box and looks inside.

So, this election season, we’re observing the quantum mechanics of a festering boil on a rabid elephant’s ass, whom we’ll, for scientific purposes, refer to as Schrödinger’s liar. Within the box we call television, the boil both lies and tells the truth at the same time, until you, the observer, open the box and observe its quantum state of being.

Example:

Now, as an occupant of the blue side of the political spectrum, I see bald-faced lying that is so obvious, if I look at it too long, it will be like staring directly into the sun, and I’ll go blind.

But for those on the red side of the political spectrum, there’s nothing to see here, because said boil is speaking his mind and ignoring political correctness.

(The blue and red shifts are also an area of study in physics, but this post isn’t about the Doppler effect.)

This election season, when truth and lies can come from the same mouth at the same time, is going to be studied by quantum physicists for years to come.

The climate change debate is on a slow burn

California is on fire. Louisiana is under water and luxury cruise operators are now scheduling voyages through the Arctic.

And while this is all happening, we see in this election that the political party opting for Scrooge McDuck’s nephew as its presidential candidate plans to destroy the country,

Most of its leaders are in this video. This shows that their real goal is to destroy the planet.

Elon Musk says we’re living in a simulation

For those of you who don’t know:

Elon Reeve Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, engineer and inventor.

He is the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of X.com which merged with PayPal of Confinity. As of June 2016, he has an estimated net worth of US$12.7 billion, making him the 83rd wealthiest person in the world.

Musk has stated that the goals of SolarCity, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX revolve around his vision to change the world and humanity. His goals include reducing global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption, and reducing the “risk of human extinction” by “making life multiplanetary” by setting up a human colony on Mars.

In addition to his primary business pursuits, he has also envisioned a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop, and has proposed a VTOL supersonic jetaircraft with electric fan propulsion, known as the Musk electric jet.

Now, let’s think about this simulation.

Because isn’t that what Musk is saying?

OK, here’s where I see the flaw. If this is a simulation, it makes no sense to have suffering or death. Since it’s a program, all of that is a simple matter of coding. Remove that part of the program, and everyone is in paradise. What would be wrong with that?

Now if the programmers tens of thousands of years from now designing this simulation surrounding us are including death and suffering as part of the program, then they’re just being assholes, playing God because it amuses them. And based on some of the news stories we see each day, the programmers are sick and twisted assholes.

And this takes Musk’s simulation theory out of the realm of science and into the philosophy of religion: The programmer of the future is an all seeing and all knowing being deciding who gets pain and joy, poverty and wealth, weakness and power, and death and life.

If simulation theory is your religion, it’s no different than Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Scientology or any other belief structure based on a higher being who determines your fate.

For some people, that provides a solace, but it also creates conditions where no one is responsible for their actions because everything has already been determined.

And, isn’t this whole discussion just one of those “first world” problems, anyway?

In the real world, a mother trying to feed her starving baby in Appalachia, or a father moving his family from a war zone to a safe country has no time to be reassured that their suffering or the danger around them is just a simulation.

It’s reality, and reality sucks for a lot of people.

(While I’m writing this, a character in “The Sims” is wondering, “Is this just a simulation?” …

And the Sims programmer has included anxiety and death in the program. it turns out that today’s programmers are being sick and twisted assholes. Like the ones in the future?)

Psychoanalysis in the 2016 campaign

The American Psychiatric association says:

On occasion psychiatrists are asked for an opinion about an individual who is in the light of public attention or who has disclosed information about himself/herself through public media. In such circumstances, a psychiatrist may share with the public his or her expertise about psychiatric issues in general. However, it is unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement. …

“The unique atmosphere of this year’s election cycle may lead some to want to psychoanalyze the candidates,”  Maria A. Oquendo, president of the APA, wrote, “but to do so would not only be unethical, it would be irresponsible.”

Meanwhile, what’s happening in the world of the pseudo-psychiatrist mucus-based tangerine life form?

Donald Trump unleashed a series of personal attacks Saturday against his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, mocking her appearance and questioning her mental health several times during a New Hampshire campaign rally and on social media.

“She is a totally unhinged person. She’s unbalanced. And all you have to do is watch her, see her, read about her,” Trump said during a campaign rally in Windham, N.H., Saturday evening. “She will cause — if she wins, which hopefully she won’t — the destruction of our country from within.” …

“Now you tell me she looks presidential, folks. I look presidential,” he said in another instance.

Anyone have anything to say about that?

Of course, there is a long accepted psychiatric treatment for narcissistic egomaniacs with delusions of grandeur:

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