Theologians have long talked about the limits of our finite human reason when it comes to comprehending the infinite God. Now scientists are up against the limits of our finite human reason when it comes to comprehending finite nature.
Scientific American has a fascinating survey of facts that are “unthinkable” in quantum physics: particles that are in two places at the same time; objects that spin in two opposite directions at the same time; objects that are entangled with each other, so that what happens to one affects the other, no matter how far apart they are; etc.
This is part of an account of how scientists are using computers to propose “unintuitive configurations” that the human mind would be unlikely to come up with. [Read more…]