Playing Doctor




Initial Visit?

Monday, January 29

Robert Anton Wilson

So the week turned into two and we made a date to go to the opening of the new Nick Cave show. He hadn’t told me if he’d decided to move things forward or continue to withdraw.

We go out for steak before heading to the museum. After we see the exhibit, we’re mingling and drinking and wander around the gift shop.

He finds finger puppet versions of Schrödinger's cat. We are amused by them and start talking about Schrödinger with the gift shop clerk. I’m trying to explain pluripotency and—more specifically—quantum superposition of states. She doesn’t look terribly happy when I try to explain that, until the experimental box is opened, Schrödinger's cat is both alive and dead. I try to explain the solution used by many science fiction writers—that the universe splits into infinite realities and it’s simply random chance if we find ourselves in the universe where the cat lives or the universe where the cat dies.

‘What’s troubling about this,’ I tell her, ‘is that until the box is opened, we exist in both of them at once.’

We talk to her for a bit longer. I think he feels bad for her, because as I wander away he pulls out his wallet to buy something. Outside, he hands me one of the Schrödinger cat puppets and holds up an identical copy he has purchased for himself.

When he brings me home, we still haven’t talked about any decision he’s made. He says goodnight and kisses my cheek. I want to kiss him—to do more than kiss, but realize I don’t want to open the box just yet, so I just say goodnight and let him go.

6 Comments:

1/30/2007
Blogger Erik writes:

Fellowship update:

Six rejections: NYU, Albert Einstein (Bronx), U of Iowa (my hometown, boooo that), UCSF, Johns Hopkins, and Emery

Invitations to interview: 3

50% invite rate, not too shabby. And I like the programs to which I've been invited.

 


1/30/2007
Anonymous KEW writes:

Congratulations, that is not too shabby....Did you hear back from SF yet?

 


1/30/2007
Blogger Nick writes:

Before you open the box that shows what he's decided, you have to open the box that decides whether you want to know what he's decided. I find many boxes better left unopened.

I love your writing style.

Wonder around? Wonder away? Hmmm. Makes me wander.

 


1/31/2007
Blogger jamesdamian writes:

To quote the late , great ODB, "Baby, I like it raw."

 


2/11/2007
Anonymous Anonymous writes:

I think what you are saying could have been stated more simply with this equation: HΨ=EΨ

 


2/11/2007
Blogger Erik writes:

The first problem with that equation, and why it does not express what I was saying, is that it doesn't take time into account.

The second problem is that while mathematics is an economical language, not many people speak it.

 


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