The Pauli Exclusion Principle

J. Keith Hughey


Volume XX, Number 41 (Issue 993) October 10, 2022

The Pauli Exclusion Principle

Did you know it is impossible for the same kind of quarks (fermions, for those who are students of such things) with the identical spin, mass, charge, etc. to occupy the same space at the same time? No? Well, now that you do, never let anyone tell you these random ministrations of mine are not educational. After all, I just delivered a bit of a physics lesson to more than a few of you. But full disclosure, I had to do some research to feel confident sharing the foregoing concept. Not that I discovered or proved the principle, Wolfgang Pauli did that. Hence the name the Pauli Exclusion Principle. Still, the idea that two things, identical (or not), are incapable of occupying the same space at the same time makes sense to me.

For instance, when two cars attempt to occupy the same space at the same time, it never ends well. Likewise, when a bat and a ball encounter one another during a game, the ball instantly changes course on contact whereas if they almost collide but do not meet, both continue on their original path. In accepting this simple notion, even partially, then it is possible you can accept this too: a mind filled with negative thoughts struggles to entertain positive thoughts in the moment. Making matters worse, negative thoughts engender negative feelings, which, if not effectively managed, can lead to negative actions, and so it goes.

So, the next time you begin experiencing negative thoughts, try something as simple as shifting your focus. Accomplishing that may require you to shift your location. If so, let me further suggest you find a quiet spot that holds a bit of beauty for you. The mere act of finding your special spot may by itself be all the shift in focus that you need. I know it routinely works for me.

Soli Deo Gloria

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Philippians 4:8

Keith Hughey

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