The Entangled Participant

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The Entangled Contestant
The oddest money story I came across in 2014 was certainly that of my friend Jamie Smith. During a morning conversation last December, Jamie related to me her little adventure with amusement. Before I can go on, I must tell you an interesting fact about her: Jamie shares the same name as her husband, the other Jamie Smith. That’s right! Jamie Smith is married to Jamie Smith. They were actually introduced to each other because they had the same name. Their quirky friend, who thought of herself as a natural matchmaker, considered this a slam-dunk.  It was indeed love at first sight.
Jamie and Jamie. They look alike, talk alike but most importantly think very much alike. They often complete each other’s sentences. They are also both science buffs as well as pranksters. Another interesting thing is that since they are married to one another, they also share the same address, the same e-mail as well as the same bank account under that same name. This is a nice advantage at times.
Back in October 2013, after sharing a cup of coffee, they came to discuss an ad in a popular science magazine they had both come across: an invitation to a sci-fi quantum-inspired writing competition. Jamie suggested and Jamie agreed that they should participate in a special way, a way that would actually demonstrate entanglement and superposition.
At this time, I would like to bring your attention to the fact that Jamie never attributed any of the actions of this story to a specific Jamie in particular.
That being said, let’s continue with our story. Jamie’s plan for the competition was implemented: the Jamies discussed the story they were submitting together/apart, each as competent as the other to write it yet only one of them would do so. It was basically the same story I’m presently telling you.
Both got a copy. Both filed the entry form under his own name : Jamie Smith, as if each had exclusively written the story.
Each Jamie sent his entry within a tight and pre-set time frame previously decided upon and necessarily from the same computer and shared email account. That was easy to work out.
In effect, both competition entries were identical in content yet one was legitimate, the other a plagiarized copy.
Both Jamies, as a tribute to quantum theory, agreed that they would never admit to anyone else who had actually written the story and who had plagiarized it. They were one: Their identities were now entangled.
On the receiving end, where the judges judge, three possibilities existed. First, there was the rejection of both competition entries. Without anyone there to actualize the entanglement, the Jamies’ scheme would instantly become of zero interest to the universe as both Jamies already knew who had actually written the story and could not generate true entanglement without an outside observer.
The second possibility (extremely low) was that both Jamie entries would be retained and taken seriously as a case of superposition of identity. This however would have created problems for the judges as well as for the Jamies as the call of plagiarism from competing participants could have been argued convincingly in a Newtonian kind of way. Even if some of the judges were of a scientific bent and could intelligently discuss the quantum situation, in this particular time in history, they would never convince anyone outside their restrained group that a quantum rule should break a contest rule. Physics is always ahead of ethics.
Ultimately, reality opted for the third possibility. Only one of the Jamie entries was retained thereby eliminating any serious discussion of plagiarism (even if there was a 50% chance that the plagiarized version was the one retained). It was simply presented as a cool story.
The judges had been impressed by the concept of superimposed identities, held entangled by the covenant of our scientific protagonists.  They rightly declared ‘The Entangled Contestant’ the winner of the science-fiction competition and transferred into the bank account of one Jamie Smith the prize money.
The Jaimies were surprised to find the wired amount was breaking contest rules and was 1.414 times the official cash prize. After a few calculations, they rightly figured that the judges had materialized that extra prize money as a quantum wink to them in effect stating that their entanglement was now further entangled in its own right.
The Jamies laughed at the thought that hush money had now taken on a new meaning. 

About the Author: 
Mark Garon is president of Castiv,Inc. He resides in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec.

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