Apostrophe

We are students (high school students) of science and have been instructed in the fundamentals of quantum physics (in a semi-rigorous mathematical setting). However we’ve never got the chance to explore quantum physics from a heterodox point of view. Applying our artistic and creative skills, we entered this competition to maybe think about quantum physics a little differently. Judges, you might find that I understate this. This video thinks about quantum physics very differently, and if Schrödinger’s cat were to know about how we “mangle” quantum concepts here, it might evolve spontaneously into a big cat (ie Schrödinger’s tiger) and gobble us up in vengeance!

So anyway, this video is about the eight-circuit model of consciousness, and it’s something pseudoscientific, but it does offer an opportunity for indulgent self-reflection and philosophical meandering (and amusement at how quantum physics gets “mangled” when it drops into the hands of the quantum mystic) to the scientist. It does excite, and it does stir our minds into that “Wah!” moment. Though. It. Is. Pseudoscience.

To use the literary term, the “speaker” of the video is introducing the eight-circuit model (which weaves quantum physics, neuropsychology and evolution into a conceptual whole) in a matter-of-fact way, very much as if the eight-circuit model is substantial science. This is intentional: we like how it spurs us to think, question, wonder and delight in our bold theoretical explorations. The speaker mainly describes the model and speculates what new developments and amazing implications the model could have. Subsequent to the speaker’s explanation, there is a short 10-second explanation of how though this “transhuman” model is generally considered pseudoscience, it does make us think. As watchers of the video, we’re reminded that things that are pseudo or false can still trigger and provoke solid, constructive thought and appreciation of the complexity and wonders of the world–which is, we remind ourselves, the philosophy of science. It does also teach us about the process of science and the urge for humans to find patterns among everything–did you know that the Eight-Circuit model draws on things like meditation and yoga to back up its claims? Crazy, but it still betrays the overarching point: humans are obsessed with patterns. As scientists, we can perhaps learn from this obsession with patterns–just refine that pattern-searching skill with a bit of discipline and logic: and we’ll be set to go.

Apostrophe (a word conveying transition: why we chose this meaningful name is shed light on in the video itself :) ) is a project of us which aims to inspire and wonder, but also an intensely personal journey of the two of us in reminding ourselves of  how we should do science: let the fantastical ideas give us inspiration. For did not all great thinkers draw great filaments of thoughts from the great depths of the unfamiliar and bizarre? We remind ourselves to be humble: things that are pseudo or wrong have their value. I think that is a subtle message we cherish as we move on from this apostrophe that is high school graduation (ok, almost) onto a lifelong passion (ie unhealthy obsession??) with science!