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Abraham and Lot—A Story of Decoherence

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30.10.2020

So Abram went, as the Eternal had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him… And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son… (Genesis 12:4-5)

And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the South. (Genesis 13:1)

And Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together; for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle. And the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelt then in the land. And Abram said unto Lot: ‘Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we are brethren. Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me; if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou take the right hand, then I will go to the left.’… So Lot chose him all the plain of the Jordan; and Lot journeyed east; and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the Plain, and moved his tent as far as Sodom. (Genesis 13:5-11)

The Torah begins the ancestral story of the nation of Israel with the journeys of our forefather Abraham and his nephew Lot. They both grow rich, and the strife breaks out between the herdsmen of Abraham and the herdsmen of Lot. When riches grow, so do family feuds. It appears on the surface that there is nothing unusual about this narrative. However, it may be a metaphor for an obscure but essential concept in quantum physics—decoherence.

Essentially, Quantum decoherence is the loss of quantum coherence. According to the particle-wave duality introduced by Louis de Broglie, all objects (photons, electrons, and all subatomic particles) have waves (now called “de Broglie waves”) associated........

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