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Quantum Physics: It's Everwhere!
Quantum World: Universe
What is Macroscopic Superposition ?
Why is this Important?
Most physcists think quantum mechanics applies to everything, no matter what the size. It is not a matter of scale. Schrodinger's cat may be both alive and dead! An example is entanglement - pairs of elementary particles such as electrons.
Most people are aware of micro-scale experiments of entanglement where the speed of light is exceeded. The macro-world is more difficult to isolate. So far, we have not been proven to be both alive and dead at the same time!
It was thought that quantum phenomena would operate only at the level of individual particles. The process of discovery in quantum physics seems to indicate that the entanglement coordinates the properties of distant particles. One of the more radical predictions of quantum mechanics is that a particle can be both here and there simultaneously. Living cells nurture and exploit these phenomena.
Photosynthesis - the basic chemical energy (food) process from sunlight - may involve intalglement. "Old-fashioned" physics fails to explain the almost 100% efficiency of the process. Sunlight ejects electrons inside the leaf and these ejected electrons must find their way to where the chemical reaction center. This is where they release their energy and set off reactions that fuel the plants.
The challenge is if we can wrap our heads around the concept of the possiblity of applying our own deep awareness of our environment. This would be an application of quantum coherence as it might be applied of our own "cause and effect" of reciprocal relationship with the world as a whole.
Perhaps we are both "dead and alive." We have the choice which state we want to live in... To be proactive, or reactive: therein is our choices...
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