Reality, free will or the speed of light? One’s got to give, because quantum mechanics says you can’t have them all. Yet the theorems are true.
ERWIN SCHRÖDINGER called entanglement the “defining trait” of quantum theory but Einstein could not bring himself to believe in it at all, thinking it proof that quantum theory was seriously buggy. The idea that particles can be linked in such a way that changing the quantum state of one instantaneously affects the other, even if they are light years apart, is what Einstein referred to as the “spooky action at a distance.” From New Scientist “The idea was a serious blow to our conception of how the world works. In 1964, physicist John Bell of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, showed just how serious. He calculated a mathematical inequality that encapsulated the maximum correlation between the states of remote particles in experiments in which three “reasonable” conditions hold.” Complicated stuff.
If I’m Schrodinger’s Cat, according to Quantum Theory, I am 1) alive and 2) dead and decaying, yet if a person were to open the box I will be one or the other, dead or alive but not both. Fritz Perls was “ahead of his time” when he wrote that in dreams we are every aspect of the dream; we are the person driving the car, we are the road, we are the car going down the road, we are the tree that the car runs into. Complicated stuff. Yet oddly true in many dreams. If it’s true in quantum, and true in dreams, is it true in our awake life?
Franz Kafka grasped this concept, evidenced by his often quoted phrase: “I am a memory come alive.” Memory is something that happens in the past and is brought forward only as a thought, yet he places it in the presence and gives it life and all the meaning of a real existence, that is to say, it is his being and identity. Like the paradox of Schrodinger’s cat he is both alive and dead and decaying, and knew it.
Of “Reality, free will or the speed of light? One’s got to give, because quantum mechanics says you can’t have them all,” Kafka writes of this in the aphorism: “Before the Law.” Before the Law is quantum theory: That the door is always open for example, that man does have free will in reality, and in conjunction with the speed of light (timelessness) where there is no free will, (because timelessness has no time, there is no will. ) In his final and unfinished book, The Castle, K lives with free will even while he remains connected to the Castle (speed of light); tenuous at times, but always connected one way or the other. What the castle did effected K, what K did seemed to have an effect on the Castle which is consistent with the theory of entanglement. K had free will, but for the Castle to express free will that was possible only through an emissary when he traveled to the village.
The Castle is his unfinished but elegant road map that charts out man’s free will, and his connection to a greater being. It was his explanation and perception of a kabballah that he saw around himself. To make the narrative even more interesting, in reference to Kafka and quantum, if we take Carl Jung’s theory that a house is a metaphor for ourselves, our depth and personality that means the castle, in the book is a metaphor for Kafka, his life, his depth, and in quantum speak, it’s a metaphor for his timelessness self. Kafka in all his entirety was the surveyor who wandered around the village, he was the the village, the inn and the castle, and each aspect was a different aspect of his quantum authenticity.