Superpositionality I

In quantum mechanics, superposition refers to the ability of quantum particles to exist in multiple states simultaneously until they are observed or measured. At this point, they collapse into a specific state. They are waves and particles.

Unlike particles that exist as separate entities in specific positions in space and time, waves are disturbances that extend through material and energetic dimensions, enveloping spacetime. Waves have the capacity to overlap, combine, interfere, and become entangled with one another, creating what is known as what Karen Barad calls a “superposition.” Superpositions are characterized by inherent indeterminacy, containing multiple potentialities for further differentiation as the constituent waves amplify, nullify, reconfigure, and interact with the world.

When we view phenomena in the world, such as students, teachers, the climate, or individuals, as waves rather than discrete particles, we can see how they become concrete expressions through their interference. This suggests that individuals can be seen as existing in a state of potentiality or multiple possibilities until certain factors come into play that lead to a definite manifestation or expression of their identity.