Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Can You See Me? What? How?

The Inspiration!

Believe it or not, the story Can you see Me? Was inspired by science.

 It has been a common misconception on our planet, that the people living in less developed countries are backward and superstitious. It is also easy to forget that if you remove skin pigmentation and cultural affinities, there is no difference between us. Black, White or Brown, we are all equal in the eyes of God, Creation and the Universe.

Science and technology have a momentum all their own that usually, in most cases anyway, makes no allowance for religion, morality nor ethics. The great leap in development by western nations was because scientific and technological discoveries were recorded, written and preserved for future generations to access through education and research. With written records, it was easy to build on these scientific discoveries, build machines with the new technologies to conquer the sea. With superior weaponry, it was easy to overpower and influence the lesser nations.

In Africa, the africans lived and adapted to their environment. Separately, they made their own discoveries. But none of it was recorded for posterity. It was simply passed from father to son, master to apprentice by word of mouth and a lot of practice. The village physician or herbalist practised and researched native herbs in isolation passing the knowledge down to the son or daughter. Their discovery would usually become a family trade and secret for centuries.

To both types, the western practitioner and the african native doctor, in a lot of cases, their science became their religion and their faith. It's hopeless to put a cap on man's creativity by threat or edict. It's in our genes and molecular structure to be creative beings.

For decades, scientists have been baffled by the behaviour of electrons. These are the stuff that whizzes around inside the atom, the building block from which everything is made. During experiments in electrodynamics, the electron, these bits of matter inside the atom, behaved very strangely indeed. The results were so baffling to western scientist they coined a name for it, "the uncertainty principle."

In a nutshell, this is what happened every time the experiments were carried out. The electron was fired through a slit in a board and strikes the wall behind the board. The mark it makes on the wall, confirms that the particle had indeed gone through the slit before hitting the wall. Then two slits were made in the board to find out which of the slits, the electron would choose to pass through. When being observed by the physicists, the particle would indeed choose one slit and make one mark on the far wall. But when no one looked as the particle was fired, two marks would later be observed on the wall. The implication being that this one bit of matter, was in two places at the same time. The results have been consistent. Further research have also noticed that the particle has the ability to travel back in time and choose one or both slits, depending on it's circumstances.

The scientific conclusion was, the observer, merely by looking, was somehow interfering with the behaviour of the particle. Quantum Mechanics is today one of the most exciting areas of scientific research and the discoveries are at the forefront of today's nano technology.

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