The solution to the greatest paradoxes of the twentieth century physics is the realization that the observer cannot be separated from the experimental design.
- General Relativity? The observer can’t tell the difference between gravity and an accelerating reference frame.
- Maxwell’s Demon? Even the observer’s computation cannot be separated from the physical system that implements it.
- Quantum Mechanics? Observation collapses probabilistic wave-functions.
There is a simple irony in the above.
A 21st century paradox, shared among my friends and with constant teasing, is how someone like me could both emphatically claim and successfully test as a heavy introvert.
The solution to this slightly less prestigious paradox is: I carry a camera.
Like quantum mechanics, my data collection device changes the experimental design.
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