posted on Mar, 11 2013 @ 01:02 AM
Originally posted by onequestion
So they described the atom as "feeling" the light. I find this amazing because often as i describe my own personal relationship with myself and the
universe i tend to use words that describe whatever it is i am talking about as aware and conscious.
They say "magic zero", i wonder, what do they mean by magic zero? Are they really using the word magic now to describe science?
twisting words to mean what you want them to mean. "Feel" in this context is related to "experience" which can be defined as "the fact or state
of having been affected by participation" as in "the rocket experiences acceleration" or you could say informally that the rocket "feels" the
g-forces, and note "feel" is in quotes, which clearly indicate it's not attempting to suggest a state of consciousness. Similarly you can say atoms
"feel" heat, without implying any consciousness.
Here is the original link, and they don't use the word "magic", that was Trey Porto trying to dumb it down who called it that:
Quantum Thermodynamics A better understanding of how atoms soak up their surroundings
So to answer your question, no, the original link does not use the word "magic", and even in your NIST link the word paper is titled: "Precision
Measurement of Transition Matrix Elements via Light Shift Cancellation", so "cancellation" is the science speak for "zero".
So feel free to keep describing your own experiences in terns of awareness and consciousness, but please don't make the suggestion that scientists
are implying atoms have consciousness. That's a gross misinterpretation of "feel" even if it's not in quotes, and when it's in quotes, well, do
you know what that means?