The Pauli Exclusion Principle In Real Life

Saying Yes and Saying No Simultaneously

Physics has some curious things we can use in everyday life without any equations.

One of this thing is a principle from the quantum world described by Wolfgang Pauli in 1925.

It’s called The Pauli Exclusion Principle and its definition in physics language says:

The quantum mechanical principle that states that two identical fermions (electrons, protons) cannot occupy the same quantum state simultaneously.

Henry from Minute Physics said the same as:

Electrons despise alikeness so much, in fact, that the universe is forbidden from summoning two or more into the same quantum state.

When I first read about this principle, I thought that it could be used in the human world too.

Of course, we should reformulate it because apparently we are not particles. And it couldn’t obviously be exactly the same because we are living in the macro world.

To start, let’s imagine an artist (or it could be you or an abstract spherical human in a vacuum) who is drawing a picture.

He’s mixing colors and creating shapes, forms and lines in his head. He should create a story behind the picture as well. Maybe he would create a new world with different laws of physics or something completely different.

When he’s drawing, he could do some small task at the same time like drinking tea or answering the phone or talking to somebody — often, it’s not great distractions at all. Sometimes, it may even help.

But could he create another picture in his head or even draw it simultaneously with the first one?

Often, the answer is no. He needs all his concentration for this process. He could do only one picture in his head at a time.

This applies to all — human being can write only one article or can perceive only one important thing or can be in only one place at a time.

And this is not a bad thing because we are good at it.

This is happening because our brain is very efficient at saving energy and it always tries to save energy because thinking is a very energy consuming task.

We evolved as species who can concentrate only at one task at a time.

And I can say, we can do it amazingly well.

On the other hand, multitasking is not actually a cool thing as we humans like to think and permanently try to be a multitask person because it’s like being a superhero with super intelligent.

Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. As Faora-Ul from the movie “Man of Steel” said: “If history had proved anything it is that evolution always wins”.

I’m not talking about small tasks here like talking and cooking at once. It’s about complex tasks like creating a picture or writing an article.

In human terms, multitasking is very inefficient, could cause tiredness, dizziness and could even lower human IQ.

But single-tasking is not the whole picture here.

It’s also about something more, something from everyday life, something that every human do every single day — saying yes and saying no.

You could say yes to everything but could you really enjoy all things simultaneously? Could you enjoy talking with a friend, watching a movie and reading a book at once?

Warren Buffet once said:

The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.

Early I mentioned that we need to reformulate this principle to be able to apply it in the human world.

So our new principle derived from the original Pauli principle could be defined like this:

Human can’t be in the different state simultaneously.
When you say “Yes” to something, you simultaneously say “No” to myriads of other things.
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