An analysis of ‘Arrival’

The Oscars are coming up this weekend and I know my pick for the Best Picture of the year isn’t going to win. (If you click on the video, be aware there are spoilers.)

I think “Arrival” is a great movie, and I believe Amy Adams was robbed of a nomination because I was sure she would have won the best actress award.

I was in awe when I saw where it was going and I still can’t stop thinking about its message about life and time. But when I talked to intelligent people about it, the response was, “what the hell was that all about?”

I’ve seen it four times since then, and it’s been great every time.

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.