I’m told. Well, not so much now. But in my early 20’s, I was one of those annoying guys who waved the anything is possible flag in front of people’s faces. As you can imagine, working a 9-5 job in an engineering company and spouting all sorts of seemingly illogical nonsense–meant that I was faced with a lot of skepticism. After all, black hat thinking is what most engineers are great at. Not all, of course.
“Here he goes again …”
That was a common line I got if people hung around me too long during lunch, after work or during a regular break. Reason being–I loved exploring people’s minds. I didn’t care if I was right or wrong. Hell, I didn’t care if they were right or wrong!
I just wanted to see what else was possible.
One of my favourite memories was on a Friday night, when we were all at drinks one evening. I met a colleague’s sister. And I decided that logic could help someone arrive at the understanding that anything is possible.
“So here’s the deal …” I open the conversation. “Science shows that our thoughts are made of electrical impulses. Electrons moving on a set of neural pathways in our brains. Right?”
“Yep. Got it.” She responds.
I continue, “But in quantum physics, the uncertainty principle states that the more precisely the position of an electron is determined, the less precisely its momentum can be known and vice versa. Or, put another way, we can only assign a probability to the position and momentum of an electronic, rather than a fixed numerical value.”
“Okay … your point?” She asks.
“So suppose that someone says something is impossible. And that though arises as a combination of electrons. And electrons exist in the domain of the probably. Doesn’t that mean that what’s impossible lies in the domain of the probable?” I ask.
She paused. Her lights lit up. She drew the conclusion for herself …
“Anything is possible.”
I leave the night there. So I finish my beer, grab my coat, and walk out into the biting cold of winter. I understand that doing this sort of brain-poking means people need time to process.
Including me 🙂
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