Thursday, March 25, 2010
Breaking the Probability Symmetry
Today my wife decreted a meatless day. Famelic, I had to buy a poppy seed strudel, which I devored. I found myself half dreaming about probabilities, about how I could win on the roulette wheel or the stock exchange. Both are probabilistic and symmetric, so the chances of winning are 50-50 minus expenses. Probabilities formed in my mind a stable structure like a human pyramid on the beach. To win, I had to break the Gaussian symmetry of this structure, which I could do by throwing balls of assymetry against the pyramid, or generating distabilizing winds of improbability, which were different representations of the same thing.
Now, how to create these quant objects? I needed condensates or waves of wildly improbable events that would distort the probability field around them, and break down the Gaussian structure and cause outcomes that I could catch and deposit in my bank account. I was trying to imagine how would look a concentrated, dense improbable-event-ball, when my daughter broke into my consciousness - she wanted the key of my car.
Females have a way of cutting down the flight of human imagination. They are pedestrians, stuck in the mud, holding down my spirit. And they are trying to starve me!