A Mind for Madness

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Tao and Uncertainty

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Well, I’m pretty mad that I came up with this idea before reading about it, and then it turns out that other people have already thought about it. I haven’t quite found it in the formal way I would like to think about it, though. This assumes knowledge of Taoism and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. It is also a good example of tying together philosophy of language, religion, and physics together.

Take the line from the Tao Te Ching: The Tao cannot be named. Why is this? Maby the uncertainty principle can shed some light on this. If you have a particle, then you cannot know both its position and momentum perfectly. Uncertainty is inherent in the system. We could say by definition. To know these perfectly, you must observe the system (make a measurement) and collapse the wavefunction.

Now, maybe the true definition is like the superposition of wavefunctions of the particle. Instead of wavefunctions, though we have terms. Tao is a superposition of all terms (or maybe just infinitely many or maybe just two). To precisely define what Tao is, you need “silent,” “unnameable,” “the way,” etc. When you give it a single name, such as Tao, you have collapsed the true Tao of superposition into a single state, which is a changed object. You no longer have the true Tao, but just one of the superimposed parts of the Tao. In order to keep all assets of the Tao, one must not name it and collapse its wavefunction. By definition it cannot be named without being changed.

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Author: hilbertthm90

I am a mathematics graduate student fascinated in how all my interests fit together.

2 thoughts on “Tao and Uncertainty

  1. I am a trance channel for a Seraphim Angel by the name of Saron. His purpose is to put people on or keep them on the pathway to ascension or enlightenment. I channel publically weekly at the Ganesha Center in Las Vegas, NV. You can find my blog at:

    http://saronguardian.wordpress.com

    I love your blog!
    Thank you for doing what you do!

    Erik

  2. haha just thought of this and found you thinking the same ^^ Tao might be the superposition of all things and all non-things without being a position. A non-position from wich all positions arise.

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