A flicker of sunlight catches my eye. Is it:

  • a photon emitted eight minutes ago by a hydrogen atom in the solar atmosphere, ricocheting off a smooth surface and striking a cell in my retina?
  • a local disturbance in the electromagnetic field, the unique mathematical solution to a set of differential equations and boundary conditions?
  • a cascade of neural impulses in my brain, woven together into conscious perception?
  • a massively distributed correlation of quantum mechanical wavefunctions?
  • a wink from my wife at the other end of the park bench?

Answer: all of the above. I choose the final interpretation, slide over, and give her a kiss.

TopicPoetry - TopicHumor - TopicScience - 2006-08-17

(correlates: UpsideDownShadows, FringeOfThings, ThingsThemselves, ...)