Here is an excerpt from the phys.org site which takes a look at the spiritual philosophies of the scientists who began the study of quantum mechanics.
Does mysticism have a place in quantum mechanics today, or is the idea that the mind plays a role in creating reality best left to philosophical meditations? Harvard historian Juan Miguel Marin argues the former – not because physicists today should account for consciousness in their research, but because knowing the early history of the philosophical ideas in quantum mechanics is essential for understanding the theory on a fundamental level.
The controversy boils down to the age-old question of the nature of reality. As Einstein (a firm realist) once asked, does the moon exist only when looked at? Although such a viewpoint seems unlikely in our everyday lives, in quantum mechanics, physicists’ observations can sometimes affect what they’re observing on a quantum scale. As the famous Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics argues, we cannot speak about an objective reality other than that which is revealed through measurement and observation.
As Marin explains, the debate of consciousness in quantum theory began around 1927 when Einstein accused Neils Bohr of introducing a mysticism incompatible with science. Bohr denied the accusation and blamed it on Einstein misunderstanding him when he said that humans are both actors and observers in the world. Yet while Bohr believed that quantum processes occurred without the need for observers, he also sympathized with the idea that an extension of quantum theory might help in understanding consciousness.
Einstein, for his part, adamantly opposed any subjectivity in science. He disagreed with Bohr’s view that it is unscientific to inquire whether or not Schrödinger’s cat in a box is alive or dead before an observation is made. Einstein devoted much of his later life to searching for elements of reality to make quantum mechanics a theory based on realism. For instance, the EPR paradox (Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox) thought experiment in 1935 attempted to restore realism and causality to the theory.
On the other hand, Wolfgang Pauli truly did harbor some of the views that Einstein accused Bohr of. Pauli favored a hypothesis of “lucid mysticism,” a synthesis between rationality and religion. He speculated that quantum theory could unify the psychological/scientific and philosophical/mystical approaches to consciousness. Pauli’s perspective was influenced by the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, whose views on reality were in turn influenced by Eastern religions.
Still other physicists had different views. Marin argues that Max Planck, an adherent of Christianity, framed the controversy as the objectivity of science and Christianity against the mysticism of Schopenhauer and his popularization of Buddhism and Hinduism. Planck considered religion (Christianity) and science compatible based on his opinion that they are both based on objectivity but refer to distinct facets of reality. Meanwhile, Paul Dirac rejected any kind of religious vocabulary, arguing that “religion is a jumble of false assertions with no basis in reality.”
The mysticism controversy also expanded into the public realm, starting in 1929 with first astrophysicist Arthur Eddington’s popular book The Nature of the Physical World. Although the book distorted many concepts, his defense of mysticism caught the attention of the international media. (Eddington was most famous for confirming Einstein’s theory of relativity by measuring an eclipse, which catapulted Einstein into fame.)
In the next few years Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrödinger leaned toward the side of mysticism, irritating Einstein and Planck. For others, the choice was not clear cut. Marin argues that the mathematician John Von Neumann intentionally used ambiguous terms when discussing the philosophy of quantum equations, meaning he could fit on either side. “He was a genius at linguistic innovation and came up with German terms that could support many different interpretations,” Marin said.
In 1958, Schrödinger, inspired by Schopenhauer from youth, published his lectures Mind and Matter. Here he argued that there is a difference between measuring instruments and human observation: a thermometer’s registration cannot be considered an act of observation, as it contains no meaning in itself. Thus, consciousness is needed to make physical reality meaningful. As Schrödinger concluded, “Some of you, I am sure, will call this mysticism. So with all due acknowledgement to the fact that physical theory is at all times relative, in that it depends on certain basic assumptions, we may, or so I believe, assert that physical theory in its present stage strongly suggests the indestructibility of Mind by Time.”
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For fun, (from Physics & Metaphysics)
Quantum Physics (Simplified)
Your consciousness affects the behavior of subatomic particles.
Particles move backwards as well as forwards in time,
and appear in all possible places at once.
The universe splits into parallel universes in which all possible events may occur.
Quantum Physics (Even More Simplified)
Question: “Is an electron a wave or a particle?”
Question: “Is the electron here or is it there?”
Question: “Which came first; the chicken or the egg?”
We are people (souls) creating our own experiences using physical energy. The tools for our creation (creativity) are the physical body and its associated mind. These are not a part of us, they are being used by us. The body is physical energy (matter) interacting with physicality. We are consciousness energy using the body to interpret its physical interactions. Consciousness energy is a different energy than physical (like light and quantum energy).
The physical mind manipulates thoughts which coalesce into beliefs. Thoughts attract like thoughts. When solidified into beliefs, the beliefs filter out incompatible thoughts as in-believable. Beliefs, in this way, act as barriers to awareness.
The body-mind, which we perceive as ‘our’ head, is a shared mind. It is shared by all other body-minds. These minds, or thinking devices, can be looked at by more than just our consciousness. Thoughts of others can be perceived by it. This leads to co-creation via the mind. Co-creation via the body is when the bodies work together.
Co-creation includes all density levels within physicality. Less physically dense body-minds can share thoughts. Of course the consciousnesses perceiving through the bodies are manipulating these thoughts. The body-mind systems are used for communication with all participating consciousnesses within these physical energies. The thoughts we share, we may interpret as our own and not realize someone else is communicating with us. The less dense body-minds are being used by the same consciousnesses as ourselves. They just prefer less dense bodies to work with.
We, as non-physical consciousness energy beings, put our attention into physical energy. The energy conforms to our thought/emotions, creating bodies mapped to our real bodies and body-minds mapped to our real minds. Like in Avatar. Through this body-mind filter, we perceive physicality. Our actual soul self, the consciousness, exists and can perceive all densities of this physical energy (matter) at once. It all exists right here, where you are standing or sitting. When we stop interacting with physical energy, we pull our attention from it and the body returns to its generic physical energy state, un-formed.
We are playing with physical energy. Experience here is physics and psychology. Physics represents our understanding, knowing, that we are playing with physical energy we define as matter. Our knowing comes from our actual non-physical conscious mind that understands we don’t exist ‘in’ this physical energy, we are just experiencing our interaction with it. Psychology represents our desire to understand the relationship of the mind to our experience, how the mind manipulates matter (physical energy) and our conscious belief system. We need to understand ourselves via the mind to re-connect with our actual mind-body and expand our awareness. Through both physics and psychology, we try to understand our perceived reality. Psychology to understand ourselves, physics to understand our interaction with physical matter.
Duality is experienced because we are currently disconnected (unaware) that we are not actually the body-mind. This is the yin part. The other part is us, the actual person, yang. We can be at war with ‘ourselves’ (duality) because we switch back and forth, perceiving ourselves as the body-mind, then as our soul selves (our actual conscious energy). We feel both at the same time and mix feelings, thoughts from each up so that we are confused and appear to be insane.
We feel both the physical body and our real emotions when we hurt (we=soul). We switch our attention to our body-suit, our space suit to feel better. We use the body mind understanding to think of a way to feel better. This is pacification. Let’s say that you are unhappy, you, soul-self. Instead of looking at your actual mind by taking attention off of body-mind, stilling the body and putting attention on the unhappiness (which enables you to listen to your real mind), you use the body-mind to figure out a way to feel better and use the physical body to get pleasure. For instance, through eating, physical activity, using physical energy to create a sensation in the body which feels like positive energy, making you’feel’ better. But your self, the ‘soul’, is still unhappy. You just created an experience using your physical tools to feel as if you felt better by manipulating physical energy to create physical sensations in the body or interact with other physical things. But you are not physical energy and you are still not happy. So this physical interaction is a distraction from what is actually bothering you. This where psychologists come in. The solution is to ‘meditate’ on yourself, find out why you are unhappy and use your actual conscious mind to figure it out.
If you ignore yourself and just pacify and distract to feel better, then you will eventually become frustrated and give up. Giving up means you are on autopilot. Hypnotized as if in a dream, looking out through a physical body and just reacting, not consciously responding. This is a zombie. They have forgotten they are not the physical body and have become confused about their identity of self. What is their actual mind? How do you hear it? Do I feel my actual body or is it the physical body? The body mind can talk in circles to pacify because people want to feel better. When you have reached this state, stop listening to the body mind. Stop the body of you have to. Some people get sick as an attempt to get themselves to just stop and start listening to themselves. Otherwise you will run with your physical body looking for pleasure to feel better.
When the physical body dies, your perspective is once again that of your actual consciousness in the non-physical, similar to how you perceive in the dream state. Unfortunately, what you perceive is defined by what what you believe. So your awareness can be limited. You take your beliefs with you when the body dies. The beliefs you accept because of the reasoning you did while in physicality come with you into non-physicality. So if you believe in hell, youn experience it. If you believe you are not dead, you simulate your Earth life, etc. You do not leave behind your experience here. It is very relevant, and it helps to achieve awareness before death so you are not living within delusions. There are people who help people lost within limiting beliefs, but they are confined by the beliefs and must work with them to communicate. So if you believe you are in hell, they may appear as a demon. I will create a post about this topic which is also discussed in the Seth books. This should motive all to clear beliefs before you kill your physical body with the frustrated energy from your soul self who probable wants to get out of physicality because of the pain you are experiencing from not listening to yourself. Then you find yourself in whatever nightmare your beliefs have you create after death.
Enlightenment is the alignment of the body-mind system to the actual consciousness body-mind so that they are in harmony. Then you are aware of yourself as the consciousness playing in physical energy and interacting using the body-mind. You are consciously choosing your thoughts and managing your beliefs. You are aware of more than just yourself. Your perception expands to includes what your actual conscious mind perceives. Your joy is felt within your actual body which then resonates with the physical energy, amplifying the experience.
So, here we are, perceiving through bodies. Creating physical things with physical matter. Who created the environment in which we are interacting? Some consciousnesses co-created all physical aspects of Earth. We are co-creating with this or these consciousnesses. Someone is manipulating physical energy to create the Earth system. It would be a consciousness just like us, but with expanded awareness. We are interacting with this consciousness via shared thoughts and physical contact with the bodies. Our beliefs and unawareness, lack of knowledge, also filter thoughts in physicality via the shared mind. We could be receiving, ‘hearing’ thoughts from the consciousness creating Earth, but blocking thoughts because of our beliefs. There are many stories of Earth creatures, such as fairies, elementals, which could be the Earth consciousnesses communicating. We are playing with their creation. An example of communication with consciousnesses that expresses the energy of human interaction on Earth is the music that is generated. Music like that of Audiomachine expresses the energy of Earth as experienced by humans. These are some things to think about.