I thought I would blow your mind with this
In the quantum world, all possibilities--even
mutually contradictory ones--coexist and have a reality of their
own. What does this mean? Well, the watch was on your arm and it
wasn't. Since you are stuck in 4th dimensional space (time being
the 4th) you couldn't see the duality of the watch. It was either
on when you looked or off. Maybe that was the point they were
trying to make to you.
An example would be the famous Schrodinger's
cat. Here is the story.
Schrodinger's cat lives in an opaque box. The
fact that we can't see what he gets up to inside the box is part
of the story. Inside with the cat is a fiendish device, triggered
by the random decay of a radioactive sample that determines
whether he is fed good food or poison. If a decay particle hits
one switch on the device, he gets food. If it hits the other, he
In the everyday world of common sense and the
old physics, one switch or the other would be triggered, and the
cat would eat either good food or poison; consequently he would
be either alive or dead. But Schrodinger's cat is a quantum cat,
so things don't work that way for him. These coexisting quantum
possibilities ensure that Schrodinger's cat is fed both food and
poison simultaneously. Consequently he is both alive and dead at
the same time. Both possible realities coexist.
Of course we never see alive/dead cats and we
can never catch Schrodinger's cat in his double act. If we open
the box to look at him we will see that he is either alive or
dead. But it is our looking that has saved or lost the cat. The
observer is part of what he or she observes; observation changes
things, and the world of observation is a world of either/or. The
quantum world of both/and is always at one tantalizing remove.
Now compare that story to your watch story.
Date: 98-12-01 18:43:27 EST