Speculation of the day: I think light is a particle in nature but behaving as wave when it rides the wave!

My speculation of the day!  I could be way off the mark, but this isn’t going to stop me from thinking out loud.  I’m remembering fondly how I’d read something about why some scientists think light’s behavior suggests that it’s particle but others would argue that light is a wave.  Then some more people would suggest that light is both wave and particle.  For me, I think a light is a particle but becoming a wave as it interacts with a particular environment which gives its wavelike property.

Imagine this!  Can a fish realize that it’s swimming in water?  The water, of course, is a wavelike entity.  Regardless, I don’t think a fish could realize that, and yet it swims in it as its dear life depends on the water’s wavelike property.

Imagine this!  Can a human realize that he or she is swimming in the air?  If he or she is swimming in the water, this person would definitely realize that he or she is swimming in the water.  Regardless, air is second nature to each human, and so we don’t easily realize that we’re swimming in it.  We’re thinking that it’s invisible and we’re breathing it in naturally without realizing we’re swimming in the wave of air.

I think when a light particle hits the wave of invisible air, it rides the wave and becomes one with the wave thus exhibits the behavior of the wavelike property.  When a light particle hits an environment which requires it to bounce back as if a tennis ball had just hit a hard surface, then the light particle would behave as a particle.

In summary, my speculation is that light is just a particle, but it behaves as a wave when it rides the wave of whatever!



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I Dream Of Parallel Worlds

This is one of my fantasies.  I fantasize that whenever I dream while sleeping, I actually have a glimpse into a life of myself in a parallel world.  There maybe endless number of parallel worlds out there, and so I would have endless different dreams of this sort.  Although this is a fantasy of mine, but it does bring up the topic of how strange of a world when we scale things down to the level of quantum mechanics.

Quantum mechanics is a field in which people are studying things at a scale that cannot be seen with naked eyes.  Obviously, this is how I’ve described quantum mechanics, and it’s rather plain.  The official definition of quantum mechanics is much more elegant.  Regardless of the definition of quantum mechanics, the important point I want to point out in regarding to quantum mechanics is that it’s rather strange, because quantum mechanic scientists point out that matter can behave as both particle and wave.  This means matters in quantum scale (e.g., electron, proton, neutron) can be both particle and wave at the same time.

Quantum mechanic scientists use all sorts of experiments such as shooting individual electron through a barrier with slits to explain this duality behavior (i.e., behaving as both particle and wave) of quantum mechanical things.  So, it’s easier for us to imagine each grain of crushed rock as a particle, but it’s harder for us to imagine each grain of crushed rock as a wave.  Nonetheless, since each grain of crushed rock can multiply upon one another to form wave of grains, I guess we can imagine a dune or wave of grains of crushed rock.  Perhaps, we can make an assumption that the duality behavior of a quantum mechanical thing allows it as a particle to be multiplied into wave.  Or we can also say the potential of all things can be both particle and wave.  For an example, we can also realize the form of a thing in quantum mechanical level is also made of wave of particles.

From the realization of duality behavior of all things in quantum mechanical level, quantum mechanics scientists realize even stranger phenomenons such as spooky action at a distance.  Furthermore, from the realization of duality behavior of all things in quantum scale, quantum mechanic scientists reluctantly accept that the specific location of any individual quantum thing is uncertain.  This means a particle at quantum mechanical level would appear in place that is not so precisely predictable.  Wave may explain why a particle in quantum mechanical level is behaving this way.

How is all this has any relatable connection to my fantasy?  Well, my dreams are always appearing to be out of this world, because none of my dreams can make any sense when I’m awake.  While I’m asleep, these dreams strangely seem to be making sense as if I relive a part of my life in a parallel world.  Quantum mechanic scientists probably suspect that things on the scale of quantum mechanical level may be able to seep through parallel worlds if there are to be parallel worlds in reality.  Of course, I cannot expect my fantasy to become true, but I like to fantasize that my dreams are indeed allowing me to glimpse into the parallel worlds.