Scale of Intuition

We humans spend our entire lives on the surface of earth at the size scale of apples and elephants. Our intuition develops based on what we see happening around us. Then we (especially Christians) childishly imagine that everywhere and everywhen else must behave the same way. It does not. At the quantum level, or the cosmic level, the rules are completely different.

You must abandon all common sense, and feel your way with the math that describes this weird world. Particles just pop into and out of existence. Touching an atom instantly changes another one light years away. Electrons jump from place to place without bothering to go anywhere in between. Radioactive decay happens completely randomly without cause.

This boggled even Einstein when he complained that God does not play dice with the universe. Quantum mechanics raped his intuition.

I am a quite limited being compared with the universe, so I quite expect to be boggled. The universe has no duty to make sense to my primitive intuition. It is childish of creationists to demand it do so over a century since we discovered it definitely does not.

~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68) Quantum Leap: how matter behaves at the atomic level click to watch