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Saturday, March 06, 2004

From A.G. (who has been reading too much):

"I've been reading about the quantum concept of time. Physicists do these experiments with photon detectors that illustrate how a photon (a package of light) is both a particle and a probability wave at the same time.  I realized that's what photography is: photon detection. 

One of the amazing counter-intuitive discoveries physicists have made is that up to the point in spacetime at which a photon is detected (by the camera), it can actually have traveled all possible paths until it is detected.  When you have snapped the picture at whatever particular settings you have determined in your particular slice of spacetime, you actually determine the path that photon has traveled in the past. 

The future, in other words, creates the past, which is totally different from the classical view of physics, in which the past determines the future.  So when you take a picture, you are creating the past. 

If you had chosen a different set of settings on the camera, you would have created a different past.  The photons would be captured in an entirely different position than in the other alternative setting.  This concept reinforces the creative aspect of photography.  A photographer doesn't simply record the inevitable convergence of photons at a particular point/moment in spacetime, but actually creates the entire path of those photons, arranges them by the choice he has made. "

Dear A.G.

I'm afraid that Quantum Physics is beyond the scope of this journal. Or to put it another way: huh? Not only is that counter-intuitive but I'm guessing -- just based on my one college physics class -- that it is like totally wrong. I have a picture which I'm going to post below of Quantum Physics experiment I did to prove how unlikely your theory is:


 

Quantum

This is Professor Joe, hard at work on our own Quantum Experiment in which we proved that it was possible to tap into a New York lamp post in actual time, to get electricity -- and that the quantum theories that predicted this was unlikely, proved wrong.  It's true that Professor Joe had received several high voltage shocks before the experiment, hence his choice of headgear -- but I believe his results are conclusive.

1:01:11 PM