Quantum Magic?

I agree with Einstein that God does not play dice with the universe. However, I find quantum physics thrilling, and offer the thought that although quantum physics likely provides an accurate description of nature, it is not a case of Divine dice playing. One of the things quantum mechanics states is that objects separated by great distance can instantaneously affect each other’s behavior. It also states that particles exist in more than one place until they are observed, after which they exist in only one place. Although it seems to be “spooky action at a distance”, that spookiness is dissipating, thanks to scientific advancement. A recent experiment presents the strongest evidence yet these claims are true. Unwittingly, these physicists also may have provided evidence for magic.

If these results are upheld by further experiments, then we may be coming full circle to a new age of magic, where people will be able to affect objects and events far away with the only difference being that this manipulation will be understood rather than mysterious. In ancient times, a few had abilities others did not understand. To the public, these abilities were mysterious and considered magic. Much of what was done was simply the result of the practitioner having greater knowledge and skill than most people, which was not that difficult in an age when education was rare. However, it may be that there were some who actually were able to access things on a quantum level to effect real “magic”. Some of these people were feared and shunned, some were considered mad, and some were executed because they were so very different from the norm. There are still people today with paranormal abilities, and sometimes they are considered mad, as they were in the past. Perhaps their paranormal ability is really the ability to use quantum reality, which is indeed strange and magical.

“…matter does not take form until it is observed and time runs backward as well as forward.”

From contemplative practice, we know that life is not as straightforward as we might like it to be, and many theologians and mystics have discussed how fluid time and matter can seem. I believe future work in physics may just find itself describing in scientific detail what contemplatives have known for ages. I await forthcoming experiments in quantum physics, which will, on a practical level, offer improved computing, for one thing, and perhaps even vindication for contemplative experience. If humanity can grasp quantum physics sufficiently to use it, we may all become wizards someday, although without the spookiness. Better yet, we may be forced to finally realize the truth of Oneness.

 

Copyright © 2016 Teresa Chupp.  All rights reserved.

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