Friday Fictioneers – Invention

Photo Prompt © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

“What if …”

You have to love any sentence that starts that way, don’t you? It conjures up delightful fairy tales and the deepest philosophy.

“… the whole universe is a story?” she said.

“Okay,” I said. “So who’s telling it?”

“Nobody. There’s no narrator or listeners. Only the story.”

That’s why I adored her. She lived in a different world; more magical, more complicated.

“Once I open the box, I know whether the cat is dead or alive. But you don’t know until I tell you,” she said

“Ha! So the observer exists and creates the tale.”



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67 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Invention

      1. Maybe not entirely! But I get the feeling that she’s not entirely sane and the guy is obviously besotted with her quirkiness. Those stories never end well, do they?

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  1. “What if…?” indeed! Quantum theory is so abstract. There is indeed, great discussion about what exactly constitutes an observer that will collapse the wave function into an actual state. So your story is topical as well as amusing. I shall stick with the Copenhagen interpretation for now!
    Nice one, Neil!

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  2. Reminds me of an old joke:

    The physicists are going out for lunch, but they get pulled over. Heisenberg is driving and the cop asks him “Do you know how fast you were going?”

    “No, but I know exactly where I am” Heisenberg replies.

    The cop says “You were doing 55 in a 35.” Heisenberg throws up his hands and shouts “Great! Now I’m lost!”

    The cop thinks this is suspicious and orders him to pop open the trunk. He checks it out and says “Do you know you have a dead cat back here?”

    “We do now, asshole!” shouts Schrodinger.

    The cop moves to arrest them. Ohm resists.

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  3. Oh! That brought me back to college and my “phiwosophy pwofessor” – yes, he did speak that way. Started off the first class with: “That chair is not there….”

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  4. Nice, a philosophical debate behind what seems to be a light-hearted flash. What is real or an illusion (maya in Advaita philosophy). An illusion may not be an unreality for an illusion is grounded in reality.

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