Uncertainty Principle

June 10, 2021

Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle says that you can never measure the exact position or velocity of an object. Any attempt to measure the precise velocity of a subatomic particle, such as an electron, will knock it about in an unpredictable way so that a simultaneous measurement of its position has no validity. Anyway, why does this Class 12th Physics definition linger in my thoughts today? I think the paradox to describe any experience fully lies on the same lines. The more accurately you try to capture a memory, the more likely it that some parts of it are fudged/romanticised, to make it ready to be documented in rose-tinted polaroids. Or take an example of trying to put to words a feeling, and the whole experience starts to feel flat and lacking the depth words can't find. The harder you try to be yourself, the less genuine you are, as you second-guess yourself, trying too hard. All these thoughts on feelings are at best, approximations. Strange how some things are best left undefined and not overintellectualized. Thinking is sometimes like touching your feelings, and feelings are like water, shape-shifting. So could you really touch the water without creating a ripple?


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