Quantum Wonders – Part I

. . . although the materialist viewpoint is undoubtedly the truth, it is not the whole truth . . . 
—from Creation: Life and How to Make It by Steve Grand

A story:

An English girl became pregnant at a very young age and, at the urging of her family, gave her newborn son up for adoption. Years later she decided to try to locate him and hired a detective agency to begin a search. One afternoon while the detective was still investigating, she walked along the river banks at Oxford. When an Oxford rowing crew passed by, her mouth grew dry and her adrenaline starting pumping. She just knew that her son was one of the rowers, and her detective later confirmed this “knowing” feeling. 

Her son’s adopted family discouraged contact with the woman so nine years passed before the two met for the first time. During this reunion she shared the story of seeing the team rowing at Oxford that day. He listened, fascinated, and said, “I was rowing that day, and I remember looking up to see a woman standing alone on the riverbank. I felt the hair rise on the back of my neck . . . Then the thought flashed into my head, ‘She is your mother.’” 

—from Unconditional Life: Mastering the Forces that Shape Personal Reality by Deepak Chopra 

Some science:

Physicists at the University of Geneva created correlated photons and then sent them off several miles in opposite directions within their universe. When the researchers interfered with one of the photons to alter its state they discovered that the photons responded to each other instantaneously, without restrictions of space and time. The interaction indicated a connected reality where particles communicated without the expected limitations of time or space. 

A story:

A sharp pain behind her left eye was the first sign of trouble. A feeling of detachment, like she was observing herself in action, quickly followed. She lost muscle coordination. Sounds became amplified unexpectedly. Eventually, she lost her sense of three-dimensional reality and felt herself become fluid, blending in with the space and flow around her. 

The morning that neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor suffered a stroke, she traced her progress through the event using her intimate knowledge of the workings of the brain: “My left hemisphere had been trained to perceive myself as solid, separate from others. Now, released from that restrictive circuitry, my right hemisphere relished in its attachment to the eternal flow. I was no longer isolated and alone. My soul was as big as the universe and frolicked with glee in a boundless sea.” 

—from My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor 

Some science:

Our brain evolved through natural selection to maximize our survival and procreation opportunities. The brain’s orientation association area evolved to receive sensory input and create a sense of a 3D “body” and to orient that body in our surroundings. This evolutionary trick became necessary because the atoms in the solid world around us are mostly empty space. As Bill Bryson describes it: “. . . if an atom were expanded to the size of a cathedral, the nucleus would be only about the size of a fly—but a fly many thousands of times heavier than the cathedral.” 

What’s more, the subatomic particles within the atom can behave like particles that can be located in place and time, or like waves spread out through space. We need the illusion of solidity and separation from our universal background to navigate through the world.  

Story material

In the above accounts we discover, once again, that hunters stalk the same tiger from behind two different trees. Although the surface details differ, the essence of the “story” complements that of the “science.” Quantum physics peels back a layer of the material world and reveals something that is quite opposite from what our eyes show us. The elusive “something more” tiger slips stealthily through the jungle while science measures its motion and spirit ponders its purpose. 

Read more on quantum wonders in my next post. 

Sources: Why God Won't Go Away by Andrew Newberg, Eugene D’Aquili and Vince Rause. 
 A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson 
 The Quantum Brain: The Search for Freedom and the Next Generation of Man by Jeffrey Satinover

About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

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