If there is beauty in the person,
there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.”
- Author Unknown
Me having all these Netflix documentaries to stream is like Charlie Sheen having a crack dispenser in his house.
I recommend Waste Land. Because 99 is not 100.
Many of us have been raised to believe that the world is made up of matter. We’re told that subatomic particles make up everything from our brains and our very thoughts to the chair I’m sitting on as I type this.
Quantum mechanics challenges that model of existence. Highly controlled experiments have shown that electrons at the sub-micron level behave as waves until they are observed. Then the electrons behave as distinct particles.
One such experiment was described in a Science Daily article titled, Quantum Theory Demonstrated: Observation Affects Reality:
When behaving as waves, [electrons] can simultaneously pass through several openings in a barrier and then meet again at the other side of the barrier. This “meeting” is known as interference.
Strange as it may sound, interference can only occur when no one is watching. Once an observer begins to watch the particles going through the openings, the picture changes dramatically: if a particle can be seen going through one opening, then it’s clear it didn’t go through another. In other words, when under observation, electrons are being “forced” to behave like particles and not like waves. Thus the mere act of observation affects the experimental findings.
According to quantum physics, it seems that reality consists of waves of possibilities until it becomes what we understand as matter via observation…through consciousness. Strange enough, but it gets stranger.
If consciousness is what converts waves of possibilities into actual particles or events, then what is consciousness? Is it material, essentially a phenomenon of the brain? What makes up the brain? Well, neurons made up of molecules made up of atoms made up of elementary particles made up of–according to quantum mechanics–waves of possibilities.
So, we have potential (but not actual) brains observing potential (but not actual) particles. Possibility coupled with possibility only gives us more possibility, not actuality. There’s no observer to convert the waves of possibilities into matter, so how do we end up with the material world we’re observing? This creates a paradox that points out the inadequacy of the materialist world view.
Enter theoretical quantum physicist Dr. Amit Goswami. Dr. Goswami is a retired professor from the theoretical physics department of the University of Oregon and author of a textbook titled Quantum Mechanics that is used in Universities all over the world. He’s a proponent of Post Materialist Science and his ideas are featured in the documentary, The Quantum Activist.
In The Quantum Activist, Dr. Goswami takes you through the thinking behind the materialist’s paradox described above and posits the theory that quantum physics resolves the tension with a world consisting of consciousness, not matter.
But he doesn’t stop there. Goswami goes beyond describing the science of quantum mechanics to discuss the implications of consciousness as the ground of all being. He even goes beyond the temptation to sit around using our consciousness to visualize world peace (or a new car). Goswami goes on to propose a way of consciousness, creativity and action called Quantum Activism that has the potential to transform ourselves and our societies by aligning us with the principles of quantum mechanics.
While the documentary appeals to people of all faiths and non-faiths, many of the ideas in The Quantum Activist resonate with my Christian beliefs in a way that’s exciting and motivating. Surrendering my local consciousness to the laws of non-local consciousness in an effort to transform the world sounds a lot like the prayer I pray every Sunday, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” This is divine quantum mechanics!
If you’ve seen The Quantum Activist, I’d love to discuss it with you in the comments to this post. If you haven’t seen the documentary yet, check out the trailer below and then rent the DVD or stream it on Netflix.
Hey all my funky friends. Sorry for my absence, but I’m working on transitioning to become a Sexy Saint of Surgery. But don’t fret, I’ll still be veeerry funky! In the meantime, enjoy this week’s funky fresh internet insanity.
Here’s everything that’s wrong with current music today:
And here’s a dang talented young kid funking out on a 6-string bass with girls inexplicably dancing in swimwear:
Speaking of kids, some 5-year-old wrote a funny story about a cop with an axe, and his older brother made it into a comic called AxeCop. Now someone’s gone and made a live-action version of it. I wish I still had the imagination of a 5-year-old sometimes…
And here’s a coo video of a dude playing a balloon and string:
And lastly, here’s some amazing photos of eyes.
Have a funky weekend, er’ybody!