Quantum work as a type of the experimental fiction continued


[1] Snail, a storylette. Release date: April 2009, Crossing Chaos Enigmatic Ink.
[2] According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, "Quantum entanglement is a physical resource, like energy, associated with the peculiar nonclassical correlations that are possible between separated quantum systems." <> ). The merge of the quantum states of objects makes it impossible to describe them adequately without fully referring to each other. This is valid even if the objects are separated in space.
[3] The Heisenberg uncertainty principle states that it's impossible to know at the same time the location and the momentum of the particle: one of them becomes uncertain at the time the other one is measured. "According to quantum mechanics, the more precisely the position (momentum) of a particle is given, the less precisely can one say what its momentum (position) is. This is (a simplistic and preliminary formulation of) the quantum mechanical uncertainty principle for position and momentum." <>.
[4] As some physicists concluded, "from the point of view of the combined measuring and measured system, Schrödinger's cat paradox (although not his cat) survives unscathed." (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy,
[5]  "The Many-Worlds Interpretation (MWI) is an approach to quantum mechanics according to which, in addition to the world we are aware of directly, there are many other similar worlds which exist in parallel at the same space and time. (…)A layman believes that our present world has a unique past and future. According to the MWI, a world defined at some moment of time corresponds to a unique world at a time in the past, but to a multitude of worlds at a time in the future." <>
[6] The phrase is often attributed to Richard Feynman, but it actually belongs to David Mermin. Mernin writes: "I declared myself to be among those who feel uncomfortable when asked to articulate what we really think about the quantum theory, adding that "If I were forced to sum up in one sentence what the Copenhagen interpretation says to me, it would be Shut up and calculate!" Read the whole article in Physics Today, May 2004, page 10 or online at
[7] Bradley writes: "The literature of the progressively experimental community I am addressing coexists in the pages of the small press with examples of 'cleaner,' non-hybridized works in the forms I mentioned above (and many more) and with mainstream speculation. These other works have received critical attention in the past under the rubrics of the larger classifications they belong to (i.e. fantasy, science fiction, horror); however, the truly experimental and truly progressive have not undergone as much consideration. For this reason, and for the venues wherein this literature appears, I refer to this mode as the 'little weird.'" (ibid.)
[8] Rassel Ackoff distinguishes between Systems-Age and Machine-Age in the following way: "[T]he difference between Systems-Age and Machine-Age thinking derives not from the fact that one synthesizes and the other analyses, but from the fact that systems thinking combines the two in a new way (…)"Russell Ackoff, Creating the Corporate Future New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1981, p. 16.
[9] The novel is scheduled for publication in April, 2009 through Crossing Chaos Enigmatic Ink.
[10] "Ordinary experience provides no clue of this principle. It is easy to measure both the position and the velocity of, say, an automobile, because the uncertainties implied by this principle for ordinary objects are too small to be observed. The complete rule stipulates that the product of the uncertainties in position and velocity is equal to or greater than a tiny physical quantity, or constant (about 10-34 joule-second, the value of the quantity h (where h is Planck's constant). Only for the exceedingly small masses of atoms and subatomic particles does the product of the uncertainties become significant." (Heisenberg, uncertainty paper, 1927. )
[11] Ibid.
[12] The terms "material" and "positional" are taken from Aron Katsenelinboigen's analysis of the game of chess. According to Katsenelinboigen, the system is structured by two basic types of parameters - material and positional. The material parameters constitute the skeleton of the system. Relationships between them form positional parameters.
[13] Using the game of chess as a metaphor, one can say that the traditional fiction would describe the space of action as a chessboard with black and white squares on it. The QW wouldn't even mention the chessboard but, instead, would focus on the indirect descriptions of all material (pieces and squares), positional (their location and combinations), and relational (their relationships with each other) parameters.
[14] In my book, A Concept of Dramatic Genre and. the Comedy of a New Type. Chess, Literature, and Film (Southern Illinois University Press, 2002), I introduce the notions of the space of action and the implied space regarding the literary work. "Unlike the space of action (such as Verona in Romeo and Juliet, or Sorin's estate in The Seagull) which is determined by the artist, the implied space is created by the interpreter through various metaphors." (p.23)
[15] For more details see the paragraph on Quantum Entanglement.
[16] Heisenberg recollects his conversation with Einstein: "And at that time I remembered a long discussion which I had with Einstein about a year [before] - it was my first meeting with Einstein - I had given a talk on quantum mechanics in the Berlin colloquium. And Einstein had taken me to his room, and he first asked me about this idea which I had said in my lecture, that one should only use observable quantities in the mathematical scheme. And he said, he understood the ideas of Mach, Mach's philosophy, but whether I really believed in it, he couldn't see. Well, I told him that I had understood that he has produced his theory of relativity just on this philosophical basis, as everybody knew. Well, he said, that may be so, but still it's nonsense. And that of course was quite surprising to me. Then he explained that what can be observed is really determined by the theory. He said, you cannot first know what can be observed, but you must first know a theory, or produce a theory, and then you can define what can be observed.... And could it not be the other way around? Namely, could it not be true that nature only allows for such situations which can be described with a mathematical scheme? (From "The Development of the Uncertainty Principle", an audiotape produced by Spring Green Multimedia in the UniConcept Scientist Tapes series, © 1974 <
[17] In his book, Ackoff links systems thinking with holistic approach to the system. He elaborates a technique of approaching single elements, using systems thinking. Ackoff writes: "In systems thinking, increases in understanding are believed to be obtainable by expanding the systems to be understood, not by reducing them to their elements.  Understanding proceeds from the whole to its parts, not from the parts to the whole as knowledge does.  If the behavior of a system is to be explained by referring to its containing system (the suprasystem), how is the behavior of the suprasystem to be explained? The answer is obvious: by reference to a more inclusive system, one that contains the suprasystem." (Ackoff, Creating the Corporate Future, p. 19)
[18] Aron Katsenelinboigen's book, The Concept of Indeterminism & Its Applications; Economics, Social Systems, Ethics, Artificial Intelligence & Aesthetics. (Westport: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997, p.p. 27-28.
[19] More on O'Henry's style read in my book A Concept of Dramatic Genre and. the Comedy of a New Type, p.p. 20-21, 44-45. 
[20] The quotation s taken from the endnote #5.
[21]  "One of the most bizarre premises of quantum theory, which has long fascinated philosophers and physicists alike, states that by the very act of watching, the observer affects the observed reality. In a study reported in the February 26 issue of Nature (Vol. 391, pp. 871-874), researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science have now conducted a highly controlled experiment demonstrating how a beam of electrons is affected by the act of being observed. The experiment revealed that the greater the amount of "watching," the greater the observer's influence on what actually takes place." (ScienceDaily (Feb. 27, 1998)
[22] Ibid., p.14 According to a late Professor Emeritus of Wharton School, the founder of a Predispositioning Theory, Aron Katsenelinboigen, the game of chess is potentially deterministic since, theoretically, "one can find the best, optimal line of play leading ineluctably to victory by working through all the possible move sequences. But since the number of all possible moves equals 10120, it is clear no computing machine, even the most powerful, can do a complete check of all lines within the time-frame of a real chess game. Hence, chess is effectively indeterministic." (ibid.)
[23] See Katsenelinboigen,
The Concept of Indeterminism, pp.1-222.
[24] See Aron Katsenelinboigen's concept on the indeterministic, developing God
in his book,, 18 Questions and Answers Concerning the Torah <>
[25] "Physicists and lyricists" was a movement in the former SU. It started after the publication of Boris Slutsky's poem by the same name in 1959. The goal of the discussions was to find out which approach was more "useful."
[26] See Aron Katsenelinboigen, "Beauty as a Measurement of Performance: An Introduction to the Calculus of Predispositions", Proceedingd 5th IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control, September 5-7,1990, Philadelphia, pp.98-103. About the Predispositioning Theory see also read my article at
[27] He prefers to remain anonymous for the sake of "Heisenberg uncertainty."
[28] Like particles that interact quantum systems become entangled, too.
[29] By the "loose" linkages I mean what Aron Katsenelinboigen defined as "semi-complete and semi-consistent" ones. He assigned them to the intermediate stage of system's development. The beginning stage is characterized by incomplete and inconsistent ones while the final stage is based on fully complete and fully consistent linkages between the elements.