All right white people, listen up. This article is for you.
In the last few weeks, you’ve been hearing a lot about complex numbers and wavefunction formulation. Before you weigh in, it’s important to acknowledge that as a white person, there may be certain things about quantum mechanics you don’t fully understand. As a white male myself, I’ve taken it upon myself to dispel some common misconceptions about quantum science that most white people just refuse to acknowledge.
1.You need to make an effort to look at things outside your four-dimensional-white-person’s perspective.
Understand that just because your view of the universe as a white person seems correct, that you actually exist in an 11-dimensional space-time consisting of 10 spatial dimensions and 1 time dimension.
To say that we exist in 4-dimensional space-time is to ignore and minimize the lived experience of trillions of possible universes.
2. Delta x times delta p at x is equal to or greater than half of the Planck constant.
As far as combating racism goes, it just doesn’t get any more simple than that.
3.The consequences of entanglement are not “exotic.”
If there’s one thing white people love, it’s describing the behaviour of subatomic particles approaching the speed of light as “exotic” or “uncivilized.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
Just because a particle is occupying multiple spaces simultaneously doesn’t mean its physicality should be fetishized or objectified. It’s no different than a larger object moving at a much smaller velocity- it just doesn’t adhere to your preconceived notions of Newtonian physics.
4.We are absolutely NOT living in a post-unified-field-theory-society.
In an argument with a white Facebook friend the other day, I found myself faced with this now-familiar refrain: “But we’re living in an age now where quantum electrodynamics has already theoretically merged electroweak force with weak nuclear force!”
Um, yeah? So what? White people need to understand that the single apparent success of ANY two fundamental forces being merged is NEVER a valid proof that gravity itself has been reconciled with the three other gauge symmetries. There is still so much work to be done.
5. You, as a white person, will NEVER truly understand quantum mechanics.
Sorry, white people. But you simply lack the cultural, sociological, and cranial capacity to ever truly understand quantum mechanics as a whole.
As physicist Richard Feynman was fond of saying,
“If you [as a white person] think you understand quantum mechanics, you don’t understand quantum mechanics [thanks to your white privilege].”
#NotASingleWhitePerson understands quantum mechanics, and #NotASingleWhitePerson ever will.