About Quantum Mechanics

UNDERSTANDING QUANTUM MECHANICS

Quantum Mechanics is the study of the behavior of subatomic particles. Observation of these particles leads to the following precepts:

  • All is connected— every particle behaves as if it has memory of all other particles.
  • Particles have no actual reality—particles exist only as probabilities and not as physical entities, however, they have observable, measurable and recordable effects.
  • Reality as observed is an interaction between the observer and the observed; in the absence of an observer there is no reality.
  • An observed actuality occurs when a choice is made about which of a set of probabilities is experienced.

Let us consider an electron. In the world of Newtonian Physics and Mechanics, we think of the electron as essentially a point charge with little mass. It would be considered a particle that can be accelerated and passed from atom to atom in a conductor that eventually results in an electric current.  From the perspective of Quantum Mechanics, however, the electron is not a particle but is in fact a probability distribution. This is a mathematical sum of all possible places that we might find the electron if we tried to locate it. If we consider each place we might find it as a dot, with places of lesser and least likelihood to places of greater and greatest likelihood, then these dots come together and coalesce to give a larger blob.

The Newtonian model would conceive of a particle orbiting about the atom, much as the moon is in orbit around the earth. With the quantum-mechanical model, the particle has an infinite extension in all planes, coalescing into a spherical blob about the atom as you get gradually closer. With this quantum-mechanical model, the electron is everywhere present until it is finally located and defined.

How do we find the particle? We find it by measuring the effect of its charge. If we measure an effect at Point A, we say it is at Point A. If we measure it at Point B, then we say it is at Point B. But if we measure it at Point A, then at Point B, we say that it has moved. But in fact, we don’t really know if it has moved.  This is our perception by observing serial effects.

A physically perceived reality is a summation of effects generated by these subatomic particles. The behavior of particles is determined by the potential effects possible for each particle. What we have then is a state of individuated separation for each particle. Individuated here is used to mean that there is an apparent separation that creates an individual.  However, please note that this is only at a surface level as beneath there is still connection.

We can use this to apply to awareness, consciousness, or physical state. If we apply this concept in a holographic way, each apparent separated portion will retain all the characteristics of the whole since the separation is only a surface appearance.  We would then have to endow each apparently separated part the characteristics of the whole.

We can incorporate this into a consistent conceptual framework for understanding.

  • Level Zero understanding—everything is separate me vs. not me.
  • Level One understanding—limited connectivity, me is incorporated into family and non-family giving  a version of us vs. not us.
  • Level Two understanding—total connectivity, there is only one, everything I do affects everyone else, because they are the same as me.
  • Level Three understanding—all physical experience are determined by quantum probabilities, they are physically not real.
  • Level Four—nothing exists other than awareness.

Level Zero understanding and interaction
Here the idea is “every man for himself”. This is the concept of me against the world, and it is manifest in our reality by species such as bears and tigers. They do not recognize family. If their offspring come into hunting territory, they are regarded solely as competitors. Here everything exists in separation.

Level One understanding and interaction
The idea here is the extension from me to family. The dynamics are us versus them. Family here has a variable definition. It can be me in a blood family, me in a geographic family town or country, me in a geographic region, me in a racial family. The animal model here is the wolf-pack or the pride of lions. Typical behavior can be seen in how relationships are handled in the Middle East.

Level Two understanding and interaction
The idea here is that me is extended to the whole. In this, there is acknowledgement that there is only one of us. All things are connected. We see this with religions that have approached this in an incomplete way, tending to Level One behavior and understanding. Some Eastern religions and groups focused on Spirituality tend to reflect more of the Level Two understanding and interaction.

Level Three understanding and interaction
The idea here is that physicality is not real i.e. what is perceived as physical is a summation of the probable effects of subatomic particle in aggregate. Physicist Von Neuman famously stated in the 1930s that this “actuality is mathematically impossible”.

Level Four understanding and interaction
This is the fundamental basis of Quantum Mechanics. In order to acknowledge the presence of an observer, before the presence of a reality, there has to be primarily in existence only awareness.

At any given time, we all are witnessing events from any of these levels of awareness or understanding. The level of understanding and behavior we choose will determine how the events affect us and manifest as reality in our lives. 

 

 

 

 

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