The Power of Thought and Physics

When many people think of science, they think of boring lectures and stodgy old men. The reality of it is very different, and physics today is asking questions about the very nature of reality. This is real science the rest of us can use to make our lives better in ways you might not have thought possible.

Since the discovery of the dual nature of light in Thomas Young’s 1803 “double slit experiment,” physicists searched for an explanation. Just 3 years after the electron was discovered in 1897, Max Plank postulated a “granular” or quantum nature of the universe and begun the quest to understand the true nature of the very, very small.

For the next quarter century, Niels Bohr and company found explanations in the form of probability waves. Collectively they invented the new science of Quantum Mechanics that was concerned with just how such probabilities manifest as the observable universe. In short, they predicted that the probability of real, physical outcomes is based upon probability at the atomic level.

In the 1920s, the famous cat-in-a-box postulate of Erwin Schrodinger suggested the act of observation is required for any one of infinite possibilities to come true — some are just more likely than others. This thought experiment was instructive because it postulated that when a completely random event takes place, the act of observation is what actually made it so. In conjunction with the rapid discovery of the first batch of predicted particles after the Second World War, the evidence mounted for the chaotic nature of the smallest particles.

Indeed, the quantum model has been very successful. Every particle predicted by the Feynman diagrams of 1949 has been discovered as large enough energies can be harnessed to liberate them from normal matter. Perhaps more importantly, this creates the framework by which we can form a basis for understanding how the human mind could have an effect on the physical world. The decisions and random events in our lives that set things in motions are not determined unless someone looks.

Another important idea came in the late 1950s. Unlike the state of limbo where Schrodinger’s cat waits for its fate to be determined until someone opens the box to look, the “many worlds” theory states that each and every decision at the sub-atomic level might come true, creating an entire universe where history unfolds differently. That means that there is one universe with a living cat and another with a dead cat. That is said to happen an infinite number of times somewhere in your universe alone every nanosecond. . It certainly gives the concept of infinity a whole lot more territory!

With the introduction of Bell’s theorem in 1964, the notion of all matter being connected on some fundamental level was laid out. The equation, refined for a decade, gives rise to a mechanism for the entanglement of particle pairs over any amount of space regardless of classical physics«. If all matter were connected on some level, then you would be able to affect one particle by altering the action of another without having to worry about any pesky space-time that might get in the way.

In the 1990s a branch of physics called “string theory” was introduced. Derived from a mathematical equation, it makes some very powerful predictions based upon a premise of our existing in only 3 of 10 dimensions. In this tenth or ultimate dimension, at the heart of all matter in all other dimensions, lies vibrating “strings” of energy. The strings that are the ultimate building blocks of all matter and energy in our 3-dimensional world, are thought to be bound up so small as to be unobservable at this time – that’s why it remains a theory until someone can figure out an experiment to observe one of these impossibly tiny strings.

Of course, what these experiments and theories in physics have in common is their strict relevance to the sub-atomic scale. Only string theory attempts to gulf the chasm between magnitudes of scale. Taking quantum effects to the macro world we normally perceive ourselves in is another thing entirely. Since the action of sub-atomic particles can be defined (in one sense) as waves, they inherently have a frequency, just like a wavelength of light.

Such investigations leave the door wide open for the next level of interaction, where the human mind subtlety influences the outcome of seemingly unrelated sub-atomic events, that then put a chain of events into motion, causing real change in the observable world. As human beings, we are able to imagine things as they are not yet, so we are uniquely suited to utilize our power of imagination to create the world we envision.

This profoundly impacts the way we would try and go about influencing the world when we see ourselves as successful individuals in the mind’s eye. While it is very unlikely the power of any one mind could ever bend a spoon, some experiments suggest a more subtle influence may be had, perhaps influencing sub-atomic “decisions” to your advantage.

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