Quantum Physics

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of great articles, some of them really good. Here are the best of the bunch for your enjoyment.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Oh boy! Josh and Chuck have another list of the best articles they read this week, just for you and your spongy brain.

Quantum Levitation: The Future: Is Here

The quantum world makes my head hurt a lot, but I have here to present to you, something that I kind of have my mind wrapped around, largely because I haven't delved too deeply into it, as the quantum level of material existence is the yawning void where human minds are warped to destruction. This is just like that, I'm sure, but I'm remaining relatively superficial here.

That Weird, Eggy Smell is Coming from the Quantum World

We've got a pretty good handle on exactly how we categorize smells and file them in neural networks in the brain. Research has shown that later interaction with any particular smell can lead to its refinement as any faulty former information is replaced and original, correct information is reinforced by the electrochemical stimulation of these neural networks through the sensation of smell.

Howdy, partners! It's Chuck here to bring you a little podcast goodness recap. I'll skip the normal weather updates about Atlanta, because from mid-July till about mid-September nothing here changes. It's heat, heat, more heat, no rain and more heat. This week on the Stuff You Should Know podcast program, Dr. Clark and I spoke on two ridiculously different topics. One turned out pretty great, the other was just kind of OK. Tuesday was the jewel, when we talked all about quantum physics. I'm not much of a science guy, as we all know, but I do love wrapping my head around a brain teaser from time to time.

How Quantum Suicide Works

In this episode, Josh and Chuck tackle a mind-melting topic: quantum physics! They ponder subatomic particles and various quantum theories, focusing specifically on a thought experiment called quantum suicide.

Thanks to the fMRI (the wonder machine), neurology is beginning to get a handle on what regions of the brain control what processes. Show a PTSD sufferer photos of mutilated bodies and the amygdala lights up. Boo-ya! (Two neurologists high five in a dark lab somewhere.) But the wonder machine only provides a map of what brain regions receive blood during a specific function. MRIs say dig here. Still, the technology represents a huge leap in brain research. What really keeps neurologists, philosophers and all manner of other thinkers up all night is what's called the mind-brain problem. As NPR reporter Jon Hamilton recently put it, "How could a bunch of cells produce such complicated mental processes as consciousness or subjective experiences?" It's not like our brain cells rub together really, really fast and produce what we consider our minds like two sticks rubbed together produce fire.