Don’t you ever wonder why good things happen to bad people? Or why when you have one thing go wrong, everything seems to go wrong? Most people attribute this to “luck” or “kharma”. We use phrases like “I got up on the wrong side of the bed today.” And a lot of times, people attribute someone’s luck to their perception of the world. Like if someone is angry one day, then they will have more things seemingly go wrong than if they are happy. I’d like to put a scientific spin on “luck”, if you’d bare with me.
Now, so as not to make it too complicated, I will keep this non-mathematical with an objective look at the topic. Quantum Mechanics is a complex theory that sets up the scenario that atoms and sub-atomic particles have both wave-like and particle properties. Now, at a sub-atomic level, principles state that atomic interactions and properties can be described by complex wave equations. Therefore we can derive a probablistic equation that can predict the most likely action that would happen next for a given particle. If we imagine that only 2 particles exist in the universe, we could come up with a conditional probability that explains the actions of one particle given the predicted state of the other one. Now, every action for 1 particle would turn out to be anti-thetical action for another particle based upon the linearity of wave equations to keep a constant system of particles (energy can neither be created or destroyed, etc).
Okay, so we’ve gotten this far…but how does this describe the wave of bad “luck” or good “luck”? Well, simply, based upon interactions of 2 subsystems each with 2 particles (of course they work in pairs) to describe the overall system state of “luck”. There is a principle of entanglement that states that subsystems with no deterministic state can produce a joint system with a known state. Now, based upon the fact that everything in the universe must be in some sort of stable equilibrium, any shift would need to be adjusted back to the mean. So, let’s picture a 4 particle system. There are 2 pairs of particles that are entangled with each other. Now imagine that pair 1 (subsystem A) interact to create a probablistic “bad” state. This specific action shifts the system out of equilibrium (but still a deterministic overall state of “luck”). Now, if the 2nd pair (subsystem B) does the same, the entangled properties of both pairs create an overall bad “luck” state. And based upon the shift of equilibrium, those 2 pairs could be entangled to another 2 pairs that could also form some sort of smaller or larger “bad luck” state based upon the probabilities of the individual subsystems. Now, a system cannot exist for too long out of equilibrium and eventually the probablistic shift will create a “good luck” state too to balance out.
Now, if you could imagine this at a much grander more complex level, you could definitely see the oscillatory interactions between numerous entangled subsystems that would explain the same overall state (“good luck” or “bad luck”) but interact at different degrees of that state.
It’s just a thought…