Many scientists are troubled about evidence that seems too hard to be properly understood.
Quantum mechanics is one such troublemaker.
To hear what one Nobel Prize Winner, Richard Feynman says about this, go through the DOOR.
To make to you feel a bit better about your inadequacy, consider Feynman’s words:
“I think it is safe to say that no one understands quantum mechanics. Do not keep saying to yourself, if you can possibly avoid it, ‘But how can it be like that?’ because you will go ‘down the drain’ into a blind alley from which nobody has yet escaped.¹
–Nobel physicist Richard Feynman
Some fallout from quantum research are some bizarre observations:
(1) Light exists as both particles and waves. Or, you may think about and work with light as particles or a wave (sort of like a ripple in a pond) one way or the other.
(2) A particle of light (a photon) has a “twin.” If that particle shoots off in one direction to reach Point A, the exact time that the particle reaches Point A, its twin reaches Point B in the opposite direction.
(3) Some experiments indicate that a photon can be two places at the same time.
(4) You’ve learned that atoms have distinct rings, or energy levels, occupied by a fixed number of electrons circling the nucleus. You can draw pictures that show this. This is very oversimplified.
(5) Protons and neutrons (in the nucleus, of course) are made up of quarks. There are several different kind of quarks, and they have “fractional charge.” The way they connect together is such that a proton always has 1 plus charge, and a neutron has 0 charge.
This is just the beginning of what Einstein called “quantum weirdness.” And this is the end of this (dozen-second) post.
¹ Quoted from a primary source in Robert Lanza’s Biocentrism.