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Today

Quite possibly, one of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve ever heard.

It makes me think of a warm Summer’s day, somewhere in the countryside with butterflies lazily breezing through the sunlight…

Quanta

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1921 was awarded to Albert Einstein “for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”.

Light is quantised. 

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1970 was awarded jointly to Sir Bernard Katz, Ulf von Euler and Julius Axelrod “for their discoveries concerning the humoral transmittors in the nerve terminals and the mechanism for their storage, release and inactivation”.

Neurotransmitter release is quantised.

Physics + Neuro = ❤

Thought experiment #1

What would it be like to be in two places at once?

First, I imagine the slightly easier scenario where I’m in two places at once in the same room. That way, I can imagine using two sets of eyes in the same way I use one set of eyes – they could be thought of like two inputs but the brain converts them to one. So if I had two visual inputs from different parts of the room, perhaps I would look at one thing in the same way that I do with my two eyes. This raises the genuine question of how people with some form of ocular deviation (e.g. lazy eye) see and a quick search suggests that the brain adapts to only process information from the normal eye.

So it seems like the brain has the tendency to want to see things as ‘one’. Why?

Now, imagine the distance between my two visual inputs keeps getting bigger. I guess it could even be thought of as the distance between each of my eyes getting bigger but that might just be too strange to imagine lol. Either way, imagine now that each visual input is from a different room. Would we be able to switch and choose between which scene we were tuning in to? That doesn’t seem right. As far as I know, we receive visual input through each eye separately and its combined at higher cortical areas into one coherent image. But how would we make one image out of two different scenes? And unlike people with a lazy eye, surely we couldn’t just use one of them because both eyes would be working correctly?

Its difficult to comprehend how we wouldn’t have just one picture of experience.