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This isn’t quantum physics. Wait. Actually it is.

28 Nov 2016, 12:59 UTC
This isn’t quantum physics. Wait. Actually it is.
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Rocket science isn’t what it used to be. Now that you can shoot someone to Mars if you can spare a few million, the colloquialism for “It’s not that complicated” has become “This isn’t quantum physics.” And there are many things which aren’t quantum physics. For example, making a milkshake:“Guys, this isn’t quantum physics. Put the stuff in the blender.”Or losing weight:“if you burn more calories than you take in, you will lose weight. This isn't quantum physics.” Or economics:“We’re not talking about quantum physics here, are we? We’re talking ‘this rose costs 40p, so 10 roses costs £4’.” You should also know that Big Data isn’t Quantum Physics and Basketball isn’t Quantum Physics and not driving drunk isn’t quantum physics. Neither is understanding that “[Shoplifting isn’t] a way to accomplish anything of meaning,” or grasping that no doesn’t mean yes.But my favorite use of the expression comes from Noam Chomsky who explains how the world works (so the modest title of his book):“Everybody knows from their own experience just about everything that’s understood about human beings – how they act and why – if they stop to think about it. It’s not quantum physics.”From my own experience, stopping to ...

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