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11.04.2011

choices



"We are not living in a world where all roads are radii of a circle
and where all, if followed long enough, will therefore draw gradually nearer
and finally meet at the centre:
rather in a world where every road, after a few miles, forks into two,
and each of those in two again,
and at each fork you must make a decision."

-C.S. Lewis

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25 comments:

gz said...

Beautiful image.

Interesting words to describe the Trousers of Time...

Pauline said...

ah those decisions, over and over and over

I thought all roads led to Rome...

soubriquet said...

My problem is that I want to take both forks every time. I'm comforted by the sci-fi novelist's claim that for every decision taken, theres an alternative universe where you took the other choice. In another universe, I'm the man who shot Schroedinger's cat.

soubriquet said...

The picture is beautiful.
Krzystof Browko is the photographer....
Want to know where it is? In one of the other universes, I found the answer.


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Remember "God moves in mysterious ways"- Soubriquet just moves strangely.

soubriquet said...

The Road Not Taken -Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

goatman said...

Of course, I choose the inverse -- meeting in the middle as a goal and end:


As I am walking staid and bright
I meet another there to the right
we continue on a path now wide
and join yet another to the side
and we go marching steadfast and pure
into a future to be sure
of joining all others in a spot
where joy and happiness is what we got!

ha

Adullamite said...

Choices every day, choose the right and life is better (not easier).

J Cosmo Newbery said...

To quote someone, when you come to a fork in the road, take it.

witnessing am i said...

Life is a funny thing, indeed.

red dirt girl said...

Hi gz~ yes, the photo is lushly beautiful. Of course I had to look up the reference to Trousers of Time and have enjoyed reading about alternate history literature, including your favorite Mr. Pratchett. I especially liked this quote:

"The physicist David Deutsch, a strong advocate of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, has argued along these lines, saying that "By making good choices, doing the right thing, we thicken the stack of universes in which versions of us live reasonable lives. When you succeed, all the copies of you who made the same decision succeed too. What you do for the better increases the portion of the multiverse where good things happen."'

thank you for the interesting sideline!
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red dirt girl said...

Hi Pauline!

Yes, we do come to an age where we can look back and see all those forks in the road and the decisions...... oh the decisions.

Apparently many roads lead to Rome, but only if you choose the right fork in the road :)

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red dirt girl said...

Soubry~ apparently you and gz are on the same wave-length: hers being literary and yours being a question of quantum physics. Of course I had to look up Schrodinger's cat to understand your reference. There have been many interpretations of the cat paradox. I especially liked this one:

n 1957, Hugh Everett formulated the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, which does not single out observation as a special process. In the many-worlds interpretation, both alive and dead states of the cat persist after the box is opened, but are decoherent from each other. In other words, when the box is opened, the observer and the already-dead cat split into an observer looking at a box with a dead cat, and an observer looking at a box with a live cat. But since the dead and alive states are decoherent, there is no effective communication or interaction between them.

When opening the box, the observer becomes entangled with the cat, so "observer states" corresponding to the cat's being alive and dead are formed; each observer state is entangled or linked with the cat so that the "observation of the cat's state" and the "cat's state" correspond with each other. Quantum decoherence ensures that the different outcomes have no interaction with each other. The same mechanism of quantum decoherence is also important for the interpretation in terms of consistent histories. Only the "dead cat" or "alive cat" can be a part of a consistent history in this interpretation.


Interesting reading! Now I want to know how you ended up in the box with the cat ????

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red dirt girl said...

Soubry~ Why YES! of course I want to know where the picture is taken. Thank you for taking the time to travel to an alternate universe and discover the answer. Now please share!!

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red dirt girl said...

Soubry~ Yes, Robert Frost came to mind to me as well when I read Mr. Lewis' quote. Thank you for posting the poem. I had forgotten how truly lovely it is. A classic!!

Yes, you do move strangely, which is why I love you so!
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red dirt girl said...

ahhhh goatman~ I love that you chose the opposite side of the coin to express. Who is the poet? Thank you for always broadening our perspectives!

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red dirt girl said...

Adullamite~ yes indeed. The right choice is not always the easiest. I refer you to my response to gz and the physicist David Deutsch's interpretation of 'stacking the universe' with good choices.

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red dirt girl said...

Hi Cosmo!
In that when I find a fork stuck in the road, I should yank it out and use it ....??? ha. It was a visual I considered using with this post. But then I found Mr. Krzystof Browko's photo and it was love at first sight ....!
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red dirt girl said...

Mr. Wit~ Life is funny as in 'ha-ha' funny and also as in 'strangely beguiling' funny ..Yes? But then take that thought and stretch it to include alternate histories and quantum physics .... and whoa - life is...... COMPLEX! and oh so very fascinating.
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soubriquet said...

The road pictured is close to the village of Ĺ ardice, in the Hodonin region of South Moravia, Czech Republic.

I'll keep my methods mysterious, shall I?

As regards gz and Terry Pratchett, I'd forgotten that Terry Pratchett's writings refer frequently to "The Multiverse", I just don't get on with Terry Pratchett, I've had friends who were massive fans, but for me? I just can't get more than a few pages into his books without yawning. I've a tremendous respect for him as a man, even as a writer, but not as a writer of books I want to read. Alternative universes, however, are a mind boggling concept, as, if you're to believe in them, you have to accept infinity, infinitely multiplied by infinity. My brain would explode, if I tried. That is, my brain would be affected in infinite numbers of ways in infinite universes.

soubriquet said...

http://www.browko-photography.pl/

witnessing am i said...

Definitely in a 'strangely beguiling' funny way. :) Tis a lovely thang.

red dirt girl said...

Soubry~ Thank you for the link and background story of the photographer. His work is beautiful. Something about how he uses light - magical and ethereal. But then there's a little tractor or a house with a blue roof, or a deer in shadow tucked into those rolling hills. A surprise. Lovely. Simply lovely.

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red dirt girl said...

Mr. Wit~ On that we definitely do agree! :)
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goatman said...

Tis I

red dirt girl said...

goatman - AWESOME! you just wrote that off the cuff in my comments??? you rock.
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