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We Serve the Mystery: the Vortessence, Quantum Entanglement, and Personal Connection in Half-Life 2

Though it may have an idiosyncratic name and follow in the vein of mythical cosmoses in other stories, it is unique in that it bears a striking resemblance to a familiar scientific idea: quantum entanglement. In Half-Life 2, the ethereal body called the Vortessence and the scientific concept of quantum entanglement are the same thing, best exemplified by (and culminating in) a powerful connection between Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance, which represents metaphorical and physical entanglement.

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We Serve the Mystery: the Vortessence, Quantum Entanglement, and Personal Connection in Half-Life 2

Though it may have an idiosyncratic name and follow in the vein of mythical cosmoses in other stories, it is unique in that it bears a striking resemblance to a familiar scientific idea: quantum entanglement. In Half-Life 2, the ethereal body called the Vortessence and the scientific concept of quantum entanglement are the same thing, best exemplified by (and culminating in) a powerful connection between Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance, which represents metaphorical and physical entanglement.

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