Physic Surprise! More Bastardization of Quantum Mechanics!
Physic Surprise! More Bastardization of Quantum Mechanics! If you have followed this blog for a considerable period of time, you know that one of my pet peeve is the use, either directly or via analogy, of various principle in physics in wrong, hilarious, and even puzzling ways. It ranges from an to the intention of using it in a tries to be the latter. It is applying the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle to the political campaigning process.
The absurdly early start of this primary season has a lot more to do with entertaining bored political elites than with persuading actual primary voters.
It is reminiscent of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle we all heard about in high school physics class. Professor Warner Heisenberg postulated that “the more precisely the position is determined, the less precisely the momentum is known.”
Applied to the presidential race, this suggests that the more we measure how the candidates stand now, the less we may know about where things are going to end up – because the measurement itself can render the findings inaccurate.
Let’s do some nit-picking, shall we? 🙂
The HUP is about two non-commuting observable. In other words, if you make a well-defined measurement of one observable, the other non-commuting observable cannot be predicted with arbitrarily high accuracy. It has NOTHING to do with the knowledge about ANY measurement later on. This is an issue of TIME EVOLUTION, not HUP. If you have determined the measurement of something, then you have already “collapsed” the system into that state, and any variation later on in that value is dependent on the time evolution property of that system, not the HUP. So for this article to say that just because we know the candidates stand now will make us know about where things are in the end isn’t a correct application of the HUP. You need to define, first of all, the pair of non-commuting observables in such a scenario. And unless you have learned QM, you will not no clue on what is meant by “non-commuting” observable.
Besides, who said that QM principles can be extrapolated to human activities in the first place? People who do this don’t seem to realize that such extrapolation has never been shown to be valid. So what is the justification of applying such QM description to social/political systems?