In our DNA there are codes which make sense, if we can only find a way to make sense of them.
"Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle is one of the most misunderstood parts of quantum theory, a doorway through which all sorts of charlatans and purveyors of tripe can force their philosophical musings." A statement I find remarkably offensive, as he has no rights of exclusivity to universal law.
Today, possibly thanks to the tweets I have been sending him lately, I received a reply. One side of the card carried this picture, while on the other a typeset of the generic kind said politely:
I immediately wondered if he'd have had an answer to offer me, had he considered my letter in the first place.
Rocket science? No, clearly not.
My letter to Prof Cox was not so much a question as an accusation. Nobody, I argued, has exclusive rights to the Uncertainty Principle. This is probably the most powerful tool held by the Universe, underpinning all options available to be reality and ensuring that no reality is replicated, thereby preserving uniqueness. We are all evidence of uniqueness at work - our lifetimes, experiences and viewpoints - all unique, all subject to uncertainty. (I signed this letter, several months ago, "I look forward to the uncertainty of your reply." Since none had arrived when I was final-editing the book, the non-arrival of a reply is mentioned in print.)
Tonight, before opening the envelope in which his postcard arrived, I'd watched Men In Black lll with my daughters (MiaandtheMoon), Shaun and Sam. The film's cute character Griffin explains everything about my version of uncertainty.
To my mind, the mind is the most important tool we have in our quest to connect with who we are and what we are capable of, and to the Universe which allows us an infinite array of opportunites. My job is to follow the track which I continue to be convinced is correct. Every time I deliver another successful programme, I know my track is the right one for me, and I am extremely glad of the people who join me in sharing the exploration.
One day, Brian, our paths may cross. I'd love to argue with you in front of people who are free to make up their own minds about constants, constraints and uncertainties. I will happily wager my ability to stand firm in public support of the quantum world's allegiance to who we are, and what we are capable of. Our allegiance, too, matters greatly to our collective future. No amount of uncertainty about the future is going to dent my enthusiasm for baptisms of fire. I have Apophis on my side, and allegiances don't come any darker than that.