Stories of Reversibility

Stories of reversibility are always the funniest, like the one about the rat and the psychologist: the rat tells about how he ended up by perfectly conditioning the psychologist to give him a piece of bread every time he lifted the gate of his cage. Based on this story you could imagine, on the level of scientific observation, that the experiment would have been faked – not involuntarily altered by the observer, but faked by the object, with the purpose of amusement or vengeance (as in the unintelligible trajectories of particles), or better yet: that the object only pretends to obey the laws of physics because it gives so much pleasure to the observer.

Such would be the pataphysics (the science of imaginary solutions) that lies in wait for all physics at its inadmissible limits.1

  1. Baudrillard, Jean. Fatal Strategies. Semiotext(e), 1990. 84-85. []
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