Thursday, August 6, 2015

Quantum Entanglement Wedding

Quantum Entanglement is really like communication, in ways I don't even know.
So this is the perfect concept for a wedding in changing times.

~~~~~Instead Of A Wedding, Couples Can Now Opt For Quantum Entanglement
A Las Vegas hotel is experimenting with a different kind of marriage ceremony:
Instead of hiring a justice of the peace, you can now be married by the power of
quantum physics.

"Marriage is such an incredibly fraught topic," says Jonathon Keats, the experimental
philosopher behind the project. "So much is invested in it.
So much of what people want out of life is put into this legal contract.
seems to me like we really need to investigate other possibilities in order to think
about whether there are other ways we can connect."

The new ceremony is based on the concept of quantum entanglement a somewhat
magical sounding phenomenon where two particles remain connected in their physical
state even when they're far apart. Whatever happens to one particle will instantly
happen to the other.

"Quantum entanglement is so incredibly romantic, when you think about it," Keats says.
"Two or more particles that become entangled behave as if they're one and the same,
even if they're a universe apart. To me, it just seemed like what more could you
want in a relationship than what those particles share?"

He sees it as a state to aspire to. "I don't think of it as a metaphor I think of it very literally"
he says. After studying the science behind it, he tried to come up with a way to bring the
phenomena to the masses.

At the Art Motel, a nonlinear crystal a special type of grown in a lab will hang in a
sunny window, entangling the photons that pass through. Mirrors and prisms will
bounce the light through the room, and onto the bodies of anyone who wants to
become "entangled" amongst themselves.

It isn't guaranteed to work, but Keats swears there is a real possibility that as you and
your partner (or partners—Keats believes in opening up marriage to multiple forms)
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are bombarded with entangled photons, some of the electrons in your bodies will also
become entangled. And because of the mysterious nature of quantum physics,
there's no way to know if it's happened.

"The fact that it's ultimately sort of a black box that you can't measure it makes it so
that this very real physical phenomenon becomes a very real psychological phenomenon,"
Keats says. "There's a way in which it transfers from a physical law into a state of being."

The paradox is that any attempt to measure entangled particles automatically disentangles
them, something that Keats sees as fitting for a relationship.
"It seemed to sort of contain within it the essence of trust, that really makes a relationship
sustainable," he says.

He and his wife went through the ceremony themselves, because he happened to have a
nonlinear crystal and a beam splitter handy. "We're happily entangled," he says.
"I think it was certainly more meaningful than going down to City Hall and having
some kind of contractual arrangement made. Marriage becomes in some ways a pragmatic
thing, and yet there obviously was and remains something much deeper to our
relationship than that."

Because quantum entanglement leaves it up to participants to define meaning for
themselves, Keats sees it as a way to help people rethink the institution of marriage.
"To have some other means by choice to be able to engage in this crazy experiment
of being together with someone, and being together forever, it requires that we think
beyond what marriage has become," he says.

The project, part of the Life is Beautiful festival, will be hosted at
Las Vegas' Art Motel from September 25 to 27. But Keats is hoping it can become a
Vegas institution complete with quantum entanglement suites and hopes that the idea
may start to spread. Now he's working on a design for wedding bands that can entangle
people who can't travel to an official entanglement site.