VANDEVER

Don’t you get it? He’s talking about Schrodinger’s cat again.

MC

That’s right. Your uncle went to Tulane on an AFROTC scholarship in physics. And you’re going to the same school Brian went to his cousin who died while he was off at officer basic training. You study on the same stomping grounds of your grandfather and his brother. You’re in your third year in a course of nuclear engineering. You’ve taken the same math and physics classes he did. But you’re not joining the military. So what do I don’t get?

VANDEVER

(reading from his computer monitor)

Here listen to this… In TI (transactional interpretation) the “collapse of the quantum state” is called a transaction because it involves an “offer” from the emitter and a “confirmation” from the absorber much like the negotiation in a financial transaction. When these occur we get a “measurement” and that allows us to define what a measurement is—and explains why we never see things like cats in quantum superpositions. But in the new development of TI the offers and confirmations are only possibilities—they are outside the realm of ordinary space-time. In fact it is the transactional processes that creates space-time events: “Collapse” is the crystallizing of the possibilities of the quantum realm into the concrete actualities of the space-time realm. So collapse is not something that happens anywhere in space-time. It is the creation of space-time itself…

MC

Hmm… sounds like a bitcoin transfer.

VANDEVER

What?

MC

Like when you make a bitcoin deposit. If you’re extra careful it gets tumbled and tossed but no matter what it goes through block chain analysis which sometimes takes two or four confirmations before bitcoins are deposited in an address…

VANDEVER

That’s dark net stuff. I don’t mess with that.

MC

Of course. But it’s still the same thing. The “collapse” you’re talking about is merely waking up and being conscious and the first fundamental assumption of consciousness is its own importance… There’s no harm in being yourself as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody it just gets tricky when you start making comparisons—making those measurements you were talking about…

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