Please keep in mind that I remember Dr. Gates comment explaining a physicist is going to lie when he speaks to the public, and my physics grade was saved by extra credit and lab quizzes...
Krista and Dr. Gates--well done, good and faithful...extremely stimulating conversation from childhood memories to super-symmetry in the cosmos. The primary notion I have kept thinking about since listening to your conversation is centered in String Theory. I get the explanation of how the Adinkra vibrate and are related in essence to the strings on a stringed instrument. However, one note that fell short for me was an explanation, or relation, of the varying Adinkra vibrations with the vibrations from differing stringed instruments. In other words, Dr. Gates used an analogy of a note (I think I remember C) being similar (in affect, not effect) to an electron, and other particles being in similitude to other notes on the scale. I guess my question could be stated: Notes in music can and are represented by vibration patterns visually, correct? A C note has a certain wave form. However a C note visualization from a piano would/should have a different pattern/representation from a Taylor guitar playing a C note. Additionally, I would think a C note played on the aforementioned Taylor by BB King is going to have a differing form than a C note played by Eric Clapton on the same Taylor using the same set of strings? If BB King played a C note on same Taylor with old strings, then replaces the strings with a new set, and play another C note, would they have differing representations (considering that you could make other variables constants/controls)?
I'm guessing Dr. Gates' description of String Theory was limited due to context and audience--either that or there are many facets of that string's vibration that are yet to be explored by physicists.
Wow, I'm at the point of needing to write a blog post due to my genuine interest propelled by ignorance.
Here's another set of thoughts I ran into while listening: Regarding Dr. Gates statements about physics being like language, i.e. you can have a non-fictional statement, but real/deeper meaning is gained when the text moves to poetry (I believe I remember Krista adding critical thought here as well). Immediately after listening to your conversation, I went to a group that I am mentoring for their 'Branding/Marketing' messages. I drew a parallel for them from your conversation, but went a step further. In marketing, there are 3 graphical representation types that can be used: Symbols (rational text), Icons (resemble the thing they stand for), and Indexes (primal; there is a physical connection to the thing they represent, i.e. a foot print). Drawing a parallel from your language function to graphical representation, a set could/would be: Symbols=Text (non-fiction, straight-forward statements); Icons=Poetry and/or Narrative/Fictional tales (text is put to rhythm or story, and the combination begins to contain deeper meaning); Index=Song (text/language is combined with rhythm and story, but sound vibrations are added)--Music is created. One of the primary aspects of these differing forms of communication is that Song is easiest remembered and yields the creates emotional connection. Another note should be made here regarding Dr. Gates' post on Akimbra--symbols and doodles make notes that are remembered much longer and understood more readily than an outline of text.
Since the time of the fire-lit cave walls, song has been the form of communication mankind has used to convey his understanding of the world that surrounds him. I believe String Theory sounds like the song of the universe.
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