Friday, October 24, 2008

Electronics isn't real!

So more and more of my beloved subject matters are falling by the waysides as being not real!
The latest subject to be voted off the reality island is sadly, electronics-- which means since modern society is based on electronics its not real either. Alright, here's my argument. Most of Electronics is based on circuits being either on or off. Math and English are intimately related. The entire field of physics is based on story problems--problems based on the English language. So if I say that a circuit is on. That is the same as saying that the circuit is ON! One simply a little more startling and energetic than the other, but the meanings conveyed are the same. The circuit is on. Similarly if the circuit is "off." or "OFF!" this too conveys the same meaning. Either way the circuit is on or off, we are just a little more excited about one than the other. The values for each are the same. Horse beaten, point made. Sure there are nuances, but the circuit is either on or off, even if we punctuated it with a question? Check. on=on!, off!=off. On is usually depicted in binary as 1, off is usually 0. Since on!=on 1!=1 and off!=0!=1 thus:


Clearly a contradiction, thus because electronics is based on a contradiction, electronics must therefore be false. Q.E.D.

P.S. My wife wants to disown me for this proof. :)


ma~ said...

I feel it necessary to point out that quantum mechanics makes this proof invalid even in principle. If electricity were a sort of continuous fluid then there is at least a bit of ambiguity which you can exploit to get arguments like this. However electricity is not made up of a continuous substance but is rather a collection of discrete particles. Therefore implicit to any definition of "on" is an electron flow which is to say that if something is "on" there will be an integer number of particles which pass through a cross sectional area in any period of time. If this number exceeds a certain integer limit then we can consider the circuit to be "on" course there are still ways to argue around this if you want to try. Go ahead, but I'm watching you!

Boom said...

You want me to post--Alright you're On!, Sorry Off! Wait, I did that means I did post. But I didn't? Stupid quantum cats.