Posted October 10, 2012 by Dr. Henri Montandon in Cool Runnings

Putting the weird back into the hard

Quantum entanglement is a phenomenon with the kind of weirdness we have come to appreciate in worlds of the Planck regime. The search for understanding in consciousness science leaves no formalism unexamined. Serious people are entangled in studies of “quantum mind” and “quantum cognition”.

The trouble is, without a background in quantum physics, concepts like “quantum entanglement” are not garnered from casual bedtime reading. Even the experimental data are hard to grasp.

QuantumLab is an interactive site which lets you perform virtual experiments which help to turn data into information and information into knowledge. The tutorial is the work of Prof. Dr. Jan-Peter Meyn and colleague-students Dr. Patrick Bronner, Andreas Strunz, Andreas Vetter, Martin Fisher and Florian Vier all from Physikalisches Institut – Didaktik der Physik Universität  Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Four questions motivate their work: Does light consist of single portions?
Is there randomness in the quantum world? How does quantum cryptography work? What is entanglement? Each question leads to state-of-the art physics experiments, but also bears on important areas in consciousness science related to perception, information, coding and consciousness, respectively.

Dutch physicist Vincent Icke writes, “Physics isn’t hard, it’s just weird.” For those who love the weirdness but dread the hardness, know that this site puts the weird back into the hard.