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?”
Most of humanity believes in God. This may be because we are united in our mutual suffering. When all else seems lost, our only hope is that we will somehow still exist and the concept of God makes us stronger. Why do we suffer so much? Is this the role of humanity in the universe? We believe insane, contradictory concepts and don’t think twice about it. We bring ourselves, as a species, to our collective knees and ignore it. Voices cry out, ‘God, why have you forsaken me?’ What does this tormented thought mean? In the era of mindfulness, we are encouraged to examine our own thoughts, but it would also be very insightful to examine the thoughts of our collective mind. It is expressed in the news, in our entertainment, in the behavior of our newest initiates – the children. What are we telling ourselves?
Throughout history, we have consistently played out the same stories and told ourselves the same stories through religion. The idea of God has always been important, and the concept has always been a very strong energetic force in our interpersonal dynamics. We may disagree on the man made rules to follow regarding our relationship with God, but we agree on the basic concepts: defying God will result in suffering, we fear suffering and so fear God, we feel like our lives are out of our control and in God’s hands. But we want to be seen as individuals. We want to be the God of our own lives. And religious/spiritual texts throughout history have explained to us how this is done.
All religious texts tell us we can take responsibility for our own lives and thrive. For some reason, we are unable to do this. The popularity of mindfulness is the latest inspiration to teach us how to do this. The concepts are simple: stop what we are doing, listen to the ‘small voice’ in our heads or heart (our true body), and have faith that that is our true self. Sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it is the voice of God. But this voice that we hear as a ‘voice’ as if another being was talking to us is better interpreted as the voice of God because the alternative would make us feel insane. And we are insane. That ‘little’ voice is ourselves, maybe inspired by God, but our true self. How can we observe a voice that appears to not be us? To really think on this brings us to the condition of schizophrenia and causes discomfort in the mind, maybe even fear.
But thinking of this voice as the voice of God enables us to face this voice with positivity. Get to know it. Align with it until we identify with it and know this to be ourselves. If we really come into the moment and observe how we speak about things, we sound insane. For instance, we speak of our ‘souls’ as if we were an organism that owned a soul. Why would we speak of ourselves like that? We actually see ourselves as separate from ourselves. We are insane. How can this happen. It is the underlying cause of all human suffering and why humanity can’t seem to get past it. It’s why we find ourselves on,our knees at some point in our human experience, crying out to God, ‘why have you forsaken me?’
And God hears this over and over, continuously feeding us instructions, sending us living examples of how to get over our collective dementia, but our suffering persists. We are lost children who expect an entity we call our father, God, to solve our problems for us while we absolve ourselves of all responsibility for our existence. And God is the father who tries over and over to reach us – children on medication, addicted to crack, who he can’t get through to, and who cause him a lot of suffering. This story of our relationship to God is played out in our Earthly lives. If we are going to treat God as a father figure who should take care of us, then we will experience that ourselves until we learn empathy and compassion for him. As parents on Earth, this should resonate somewhat. Our children who insist, against all better judgement, on harming themselves. Who demand love from their parents without giving back, who hold their parents responsible for their predicament instead of accepting full responsibility for their actions.
If you are not a parent, become one to understand what this entity we call ‘God’ has to endure from us. Our relationship with him is exemplified through our family dynamics. Our history is replete with help from him, including this new infusion of mindful information. If we do not stop complaining and use this help, we will continue to suffer and will be forsaken by ‘God’ (which includes the collective of beings that are assisting) because it is not his job to live our lives for us. You can only help those who help themselves. The helpless refuse to help themselves. We can see the futility of this on Earth as we spend a lot of attention and resources helping the intentionally helpless and scorning those who are taking responsibility for their lives. People do this because they identify and sympathize with the helpless. These people also do not want to do the hard work of self responsibility. So their suffering will continue.
We were made in the image of God. But God didn’t necessarily create us. We are beings who are the matrix of mind and soul. We are minds who feel with soul. Our thoughts create our experience. God is the same way. As we become more aware of reality, our consciousness appears to expand. We observe and interact with the energy of the physical universe. Our thoughts vibrate space, creating frequencies that travel, effecting all. As we grow, our thoughts expand, we create and effect more. Some create worlds. Some live within their own imagination. God is very aware and we currently exist within his creation. We essentially are communing with him by merging our consciousness with his mind (consciousness). We are essentially aware in the mind of God, playing with his creations. Our insanity and suffering cause him pain. Like schizophrenia would cause any mind pain.
We exist here manipulating physicality and unaware we are doing so. Our consciousness is different energy than physicality as described in quantum physics. So our conscious energy can overlap. We can share thoughts, including thoughts with the being known as God whom we hold responsible for our suffering while we refuse to take responsibility for ourselves. God is a loving being who chooses to love no matter what. Like we should. He listens to his mind which we callously intrude on with absolutely no consideration for him. Instead, we feel sorry for ourselves. We expect compassion from him without giving any compassion in return. When a mind experiences pain, it works to feel better. Loving beings reject unloving thoughts and feelings they do not identify with. This applies to God.
How does this rejection play out? We are conscious beings as well. Our thoughts resonate space-time and our souls feel. The feeling of our souls when suffering, causes pain to other souls. This pain resonates through the energy of space causing physical pain felt in the body, plants, Earth, anything physical. While we thrash and moan without helping ourselves to end our suffering, we give no consideration to the consciousnesses we are negatively effecting while we expect to be comforted and have our problems taken care of. So God doesn’t want to feel this pain from spoiled children who take and do not give. He loves and to do this, he needs to resonate with loving energy by ignoring or removing negative energy.
The negative energy on Earth has been addressed by sending emissaries, channelling instructions and sending nurturing energy. We are still whining and suffering. Emissaries are beings who have faith in God, are aligned with him as equals, have compassion for him and want to help. They can hear God’s voice and work with his energy. His mind, in attempting to align itself with positive energy, creates energetic patterns that resolve conflicts in his mind. These energetic patterns effect all life, like a calling that influences those who follow energy. For instance, how animals run on instinct and follow energy on Earth. One may be called to attack and eliminate an energy represented by a human or other wise. This is done to align with the preferred energetic state of the conscious being who’s mind directed it. Unaware beings follow energy blindly. On Earth, many have negative energy, so they blindly follow energy that leads them to more suffering. In other words, God, and those aligned with him, is using the energy that is available to remove what is causing him pain. If negative energy is available, then it will be used. More suffering brings people to their knees. Forcing them to examine themselves and take responsibility for themselves. Positive energy, like love, is also used via nurturing and guidance.
Jesus represented love. He was an energy that was able to hear the voice of God and communicate his ideas in a way we could hear if we were listening. He wasn’t so much sacrificed as he was murdered and consumed. Loving energy on Earth is consumed by its needy inhabitants who take but do not give. The people who live off the system expecting the government or society to take care of them are an example of this energy. They consume compassion thereby diminishing it over time because they give nothing back. We symbolize this in the death of Jesus and the consumption of his ‘body and blood’ as if he sacrificed himself. But life and love do not sacrifice, that is the energy of consumption. Those who think love is about sacrifice promote suffering.
To eliminate suffering, we need to take full responsibility for our lives and treat every form of life with respect as if they were in full responsibility for their lives. It is imperative to not help those who will not help themselves. Then they will be forced into full responsibility. Parents know this to be true. Children can say, but you have more, you owe me, you brought me into this world, but they only do this because they prey on the sense of ‘compassion’ and ‘love’ the parents hold for their children. This is dependency and a situation devoid of respect. Without respect, there is no love. We need to begin with respect. To recognize that if we treat someone as if they were not able to do something for themselves, then we have diminished ourselves and God. It is our responsibility to treat the mind of the being we are communing with with respect. He will always treat us with respect by treating us as beings that are responsible for ourselves. Even if that means the energy will bring us to our knees so that we face ourselves and answer to God for our abuse of him.
This is why God can seem both cruel and loving, depending on what you are giving. Give him cruel energy and you will experience cruelty so you can face yourself. Those who have faith in God are those who believe in him and his capacity to love. So they can hear his voice in the voices of other beings and recognize it as him speaking. And so they, if they temporarily lose awareness, as the case in human life, are able to follow intuition with the absolute belief that the universe has their back. Because their faith means they have God’s back. And their intuitive energetic guidance takes them where they need to be at the right time to do what God needs them to do in order for the energy to release the negative or work itself out to empower others, help others achieve enlightenment, whatever it takes to be rid of the negative effects of ignorance. This means that some of these people will appear to be suffering in their human form. Because to have a negative human face their negative energy, someone has to be their mirror and act out their story with them.
So thank God we live once and die and go to heaven. Because for some, life can be torment. Like the story of Jesus so we can see our cruelty and cannibalistic nature. There are many people incarnated on Earth now. Many of them followed a calling. Some from far away, across the galaxy. They are helping to move stuck energy. To release the negative, to help humans see who they are. This means, if we do not choose positive energy and potentials, we will follow the release of negative into suffering. And the important distinctions is made between the body and soul. Choosing positive energy is choosing positive soul energy. This means the body can suffer, but positive energy is being followed and you will remain a positive being. Like the people sacrificed on the news as terrorists kill them. They let the energy play out without attachment to the body so humanity can see the energy of cruelty. If the path of negative energy is chosen, that is suffering for the soul even if the body appears to be living a good life. Let’s consciously choose positive for the soul, even if the energy leads to a scary situation. Following intuition with faith in God means someone always has your back and you will not suffer.