DIAMONDS, QUANTUM COMPUTERS, AND TABLETS OF DESTINIES
In my book The Cosmic War I speculated a great deal on the Epic of Ninurta and the destruction of the ancient Tablets of Destinies, and what they might have been, based on suggestions in the texts, and a bit of modern science. One of the things that I speculated was that they may have represented either the "software" hol0grams to some sort of weapon based on an ultra-sophisticated phase-conjugate mirror, or perhaps even some sort of crystal memory system to a vast computer....
Well, Science Daily is reporting the use of a diamond in a quantum computer, making the Hermetic possibility quantum computing a step closer to reality(and you'll have to think a bit, based on what I say below, about why I call quantum computing a "Hermetic possibility):
Let's pause a minute to try to understand why quantum computing, if it could be made practical, would be such a breakthrough. It was Aristotle who said that two contradictory attributes cannot cohabit the same object in the same place at the same time. We hear a distant echo of this in Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, according to which one cannot measure the momentum and position of an electron at the same time. And this essentially Aristotelian principle is reflected in the modern computer itself. As most know, the modern computer is a binary system: its logic gates can be either in an "on" or "off" - a "zero" or a "one" - position, thus each logic gate is an object preventing the simultaneous manifestation of both contradictory attributes.
But imagine, for a moment, that one could construct a "logic" gate not with just two possible states, but with seven, one of which is the ability, as the article states, to model what in a binary either-or dialectical system is impossible: the simultaneous superposition of a zero and a on, an "on" and an "off", or to put it in classical mediaeval hermetic terms, the coincidenta oppositorum; we would, in effect, be constructing not a "logic" gate, but a "dialectic" gate:
"As opposed to traditional computer bits, which can encode distinctly either a one or a zero, qubits can encode a one and a zero at the same time. This property, called superposition, along with the ability of quantum states to "tunnel" through energy barriers, will some day allow quantum computers to perform optimization calculations much faster than traditional computers."
Now let's speculate even more wildly: one of the implications of the Uncertainty principle was one that, to this day, causes some people, including scientists themselves, some philosophical headaches, for the implication of the Uncertainty principle is that one determines the outcome of an experiment depending on what one chooses to look for: position, or momentum, and to that extent, one determines reality. It was this conundrum that led even the great Einstein to remark that God does not play dice with the universe, and that has led more modern physicists - Wheeler for example - to answer the conundrum by pointing out that God isn't playing dice, but rather, that man,m to some extent, is God, or at least, participates with God in creating the reality we call the universe.
Now if that determination of reality is modeled by our traditional binary logic gate, then quantum computer's ability to superpose both states in one position would, in effect, be a mechanical representation of the state of affairs prior to a scientist's performance of an experiment... thus allowing a quantum computer to "model" the entire process of "reality creation" from the quantum mechanical point of view (with apologies to physicists and engineers for putting it so nakedly). And that would, indeed, constitute a kind of Tablets of Destiny inscribed on a diamond... another indicator, perhaps, of how sophisticated the society spoken of in the ancient Mesopotamian myths perhaps really was....
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