Today, you are a member of… The Uncertainty Principle Proper

wernerheisenbergIf ever there was a scientific principle adopted into the vernacular by philosophers, psychologists, and sociologists alike, it’s Werner Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle. Although most often stated in the bastardized form of 1. “Objectivity is impossible, Subjectivity is everything” (Philosophy); 2. “If you observe something, you change it” (Psychology); 3. “Observation influences social behavior” (Sociology), members know that the exact scientific articulation of this principle is far more compelling than these sundry elocutions. The principle states that the more precisely the position of a subatomic particle is determined, the less precisely the momentum is determed and vice versa–momentum being mass times velocity and velocity, the rate and direction of motion. Heisenberg, of course, didn’t see this as a failure of the laws of physics, but an honest understanding of how the universe works. So, members, in the coming week concentrate on figuring out exactly where you are or exactly where you are going, but not both at once.

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