Owl Fly

Jeff Kingston

Cheltneham, United Kingdom

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The Owl Fly, made of lips and fingers, butterfly, seeds and owl!
Consider a face in a mirror. A mirror swaps the left eye for the right eye, the left nostril for the right, and so on. Yet, all the relative positions of facial features remain. Those relations are what truly defines a face, whereas labels such as ‘left’ and ‘right’. depend on your vantage point.
As infants, when we see and experience a ball for the first time, we do not actually perceive a ball, strictly speaking. What we perceive is a round shape, perhaps some shade of red, with a certain elastic touch. Only later we do associate this bundle of perceptions with a coherent object of a certain kind-namely a ball.
Applying this idea to quantum field theory what we call an electron is in fact a bundle of various properties, three fixed essential properties (mass, charge and spin, as well as numerous changing, nonessential properties (position and velocity)
Inside the vacuum, within quantum field theory, the existence of particles is mindboggling: the average value of the number of particles is zero, yet the vacuum seethes with activity. Countless processes take place all the time, involving the creation and subsequent destruction of all kinds of particles.
In a particle ontology, this activity is paradoxical. If particles are fundamental, then how can they materialize? What do they materialize out of? With the understanding and interpretation of particles existing primarily in relation to fixed essential properties (mass charge and spin) the vacuum though empty of particles, contains properties. A particle, the building blocks, perhaps creations own brushwork, exists not primarily in physical presence but is what you get when those properties bundle themselves together in a certain way.

How does this relate to the owl fly? It doesn’t quite, but the picture is a playful amalgamation of differing entities to form a whole, and an assertion that the elements that make up a whole, be it the sum of all things, the object in front of you, or the tiniest particles known to humankind, are not primarily a solid existing form, but a mysterious combination of energies: mass charge and spin.

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