Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Quantum Politics


David Javerbaum has a geeky-hilarious piece in NYTimes -- A Quantum Theory of Mitt Romney:

Complementarity. In much the same way that light is both a particle and a wave, Mitt Romney is both a moderate and a conservative, depending on the situation (Fig. 1). It is not that he is one or the other; it is not that he is one and then the other. He is both at the same time.

Probability. Mitt Romney’s political viewpoints can be expressed only in terms of likelihood, not certainty. While some views are obviously far less likely than others, no view can be thought of as absolutely impossible. Thus, for instance, there is at any given moment a nonzero chance that Mitt Romney supports child slavery.

Uncertainty. Frustrating as it may be, the rules of quantum campaigning dictate that no human being can ever simultaneously know both what Mitt Romney’s current position is and where that position will be at some future date. This is known as the “principle uncertainty principle.”

Entanglement. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a proton, neutron or Mormon: the act of observing cannot be separated from the outcome of the observation. By asking Mitt Romney how he feels about an issue, you unavoidably affect how he feels about it. More precisely, Mitt Romney will feel every possible way about an issue until the moment he is asked about it, at which point the many feelings decohere into the single answer most likely to please the asker.

2 Comments:

  1. madrasi said...

    This is really funny --thanks for posting.

  2. Nappinnai NC said...

    Lol:-) How about adding Godly/Einstein's touch. The more media/primetime attention/popularity Mitt enjoys, the more stupid he looks. As Bill Maher puts it correctly 'Mitt is the most uninteresting person in the world.His brain is like an impermeable condom(no facts can enter his brain)'. This country is going backwards. One wonderful indian origin SC Governor(lady) endorses this 'self-contradictory' Mitt. Ridiculous. Mitt behaves like QM and I guess Mitt himself is the proponent of his 'nonsensical, insane' theory/views/dogmas. I just can't wait for Obama Campaigns comical attack ads of Mitt and the Late Night comedy shows.

    EInstein: The more success QM enjoys, the more stupid it looks!