Quantum Physics Enigma CAPTAIN HOOK

The following is commentary that originally appeared at treasurechests.info for the benefit of subscribers on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010.

The title a quantum physics enigma likely best captures (as opposed to ‘ A Parallel Universe, etc.’) the essence of describing two things occupying the same space at the same time, as is the case with both inflation and deflation within the matrix of our sordid economies. Because this topic is of growing interest at present with deflation spreading into increasing sectors, it does in fact appear timely to take a good look at the condition our condition is in, where parallels in central bank policy compared to the 30’s can be made in the sense it might be a ‘Fed mistake’ (lack of inflation) that sparks the next Great Depression. Of course if central banks do respond to the risk of deflation spreading across the larger economy with further quantum leaps in quantitative easing (QE), better known as hyperinflation, the nature of the present depression could be quite different from the last, a hyperinflationary depression that would go full circle, so why bother. (i.e. because the bureaucracy will attempt to preserve itself.)

So the great inflation / deflation debate rolls on, with inflationists stuck on the belief the government / central banks will respond to the threat of deflation taking control of the macro conditions, possibly leading to hyperinflation at some point, which in fact will likely occur in response to collapsing asset values, something that appears to be accelerating as we speak. Because we have arrived – arrived at the tipping point of acceleration in the demise offractional reserve economies – which in the reverse, will bring about a return to a gold standard. Of course some (deflationists) believe gold would eventually succumb to a wider deleveraging in the larger economy. For ourselves, we are not so sure this will be the case, at least not on a lasting basis considering participation rates in precious metals amongst the greater population are still so low.

PHYSICS OR THEOLOGY? AUTHOR Paul Levy

The founding fathers of quantum physics were beginning to realize that Nature herself and the structure of our own minds are not merely interrelated reflections/reflex-ions of each other, but are an inseparable unity. Nature isn’t outside and separate from the mind, but rather is an expression of it. The mind IS pure nature. Instead of thinking that the outer world was different from the inner world, they realized that if something was happening within themselves, it was simultaneously happening within the universe as well. Coinciding with the collapse of the boundary between the subject and object, just as within a dream, the demarcation between the inner and the outer was becoming harder to find as well. In the holistic world that the new physics describes in which separation between the parts doesn’t exist, the innermost processes of the psyche can spill out and become as much a part of the seemingly external world as the rocks, trees, and stars, as if reality itself is a mass shared dream.

When these brilliant scientists began to metabolize and assimilate within themselves what they had discovered, it was as if they had “come to their senses,” waking up from a centuries-long slumber. We can tell from their writings that their discoveries truly changed the way they envisioned life itself. As if remembering something they knew long ago, they became inwardly transformed. This realization of the dreamlike nature of reality is itself the very expansion of consciousness which galvanized them to realize that consciousness plays the primary role in both physics and the creation of the universe.

As the spirit of the quantum materializes in form in the third dimension, which is to say that matter is recognized to be an unmediated revelation of spirit, matter becomes “divinized.” Once the universe is recognized as an oracle of and for itself that is speaking in “dream-speak,” which is to say “symbolically,” quantum physics reveals its heretofore hidden “hermetic” side. Notice the similarity to Jung’s idea of synchronicity, in which mind and matter reciprocally inform and reflect each other, as if inseparably interconnected at their core. This world we live in is idea-like, as if it’s a thought giving itself form, like a dream that seems unmistakably real while we are in it.

Quantum physics is a flag-bearer of an epochal paradigm shift currently taking place within human consciousness — deep within the collective unconscious — concerning the nature of reality itself. The question naturally arises: what is the “reality” which quantum theory has been invented to describe? Are we discovering this “reality?” Or creating it? The discoveries of quantum physics are directly pointing to the hitherto-unsuspected powers of the mind to cast reality in its image rather than the other way round. In any case, though seemingly subtle in nature at the present moment, this shift in paradigms that quantum physics is initiating is an earth-shaking affair, with ramifications beyond our present imagination.

The revelations of quantum physics can be used to destroy life, or to enhance it beyond measure. The words of Hoffmann’s book The Strange Story of the Quantum, published in 1947, are even more true today: “Now is the terrible crisis of our civilization. Now is the fateful hour of high decision. For better or worse, We, the People of the Earth, must choose our Future.” Quantum physics tells us that the future is not written in stone, but rather, is indeterminate, filled with infinite potential. How the world of the quantum — our world — manifests depends upon how we dream it. As it says in the Bible (Deuteronomy 30:19), “I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” The choice is truly ours.

Scientists Claim That Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves To Another Universe At Death

A book titled “Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe“ has stirred up the Internet, because it contained a notion that life does not end when the body dies, and it can last forever. The author of this publication, scientist Dr. Robert Lanza who was voted the 3rd most important scientist alive by the NY Times, has no doubts that this is possible.

Beyond time and space

Lanza is an expert in regenerative medicine and scientific director of Advanced Cell Technology Company. Before he has been known for his extensive research which dealt with stem cells, he was also famous for several successful experiments on cloning endangered animal species.

Lanza points to the structure of the universe itself, and that the laws, forces, and constants of the universe appear to be fine-tuned for life, implying intelligence existed prior to matter.  He also claims that space and time are not objects or things, but rather tools of our animal understanding.  Lanza says that we carry space and time around with us “like turtles with shells.” meaning that when the shell comes off (space and time), we still exist.

up on top of Erhmei Mountain in China

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disappearing into the thick mist!

This phrase disappearing into the thick mist : How apt?

 Center for Quantum Activism

Quantum Activism is the idea of changing ourselves and our societies in accordance with the principles of quantum physics.

Theoretical Quantum Physicist Dr. Amit Goswami is a revolutionary amongst a growing body of renegade scientists who, in recent years, has ventured into the domain of the spiritual in an attempt both to interpret the seemingly inexplicable findings of curious experiments and to validate intuitions about the existence of a spiritual dimension of life. A prolific writer, teacher, and visionary, Dr. Goswami has appeared in the movies What the Bleep do we know!?, Dalai Lama Renaissanceas well as the award winning documentary, The Quantum Activist.

Here we can note one of the mentions spiritual life to spiritual dimension of life for which i will add spiritual dimension to life to comprehend.

How to think about… Fields

Frank Close has a question. “If you step off the top of a cliff, how does the Earth down there ‘know’ you are up there for it to attract you?” It’s a question that has taxed many illustrious minds before him. Newton’s law of gravitation first allowed such apparently instantaneous “action at a distance”, but he himself was not a fan, describing it in a letter as “so great an Absurdity that I believe no Man who has in philosophical Matters a competent Faculty of thinking can ever fall into it”.

Today we ascribe such absurdities to fields. “The idea of some physical mediation – a field of influence – is more satisfying,” says Close, a physicist at the University of Oxford. Earth’s gravitational field, for example, extends out into space in all directions, tugging at smaller objects like the moon and us on top of …

Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time?

A droplet bouncing on the surface of a liquid has been found to exhibit many quantum-like properties, including double-slit interference, tunneling and energy quantization.

A droplet bouncing on the surface of a liquid has been found to exhibit many quantum-like properties, including double-slit interference, tunneling and energy quantization. John Bush

For nearly a century, “reality” has been a murky concept. The laws of quantum physics seem to suggest that particles spend much of their time in a ghostly state, lacking even basic properties such as a definite location and instead existing everywhere and nowhere at once. Only when a particle is measured does it suddenly materialize, appearing to pick its position as if by a roll of the dice.

by: martha barksdale CURIOSITY 10 Ways Quantum Physics Will Change the World

Quantum physics deals with the behavior of the smallest things in our universe: subatomic particles. It is a new science, only coming into its own in the early part of the 20th century, when physicists began questioning why they couldn’t explain certain radiation effects. One of those pioneering thinkers, Max Planck, used the term “quanta” for the tiny particles of energy he was studying, hence the term “quantum physics” . Planck said the amount of energy contained in an electron is not arbitrary, but is a multiple of a standard “quantum” of energy. One of the first practical uses of this knowledge led to the invention of the transistor.

Unlike the inflexible laws of standard physics, the rules of quantum physics seem made to be broken. Just when scientists think they have one aspect of their study of matter and energy figured out, a new twist emerges to remind them how unpredictable their field is. Still, they are able to harness, if not totally understand, their findings to develop new technologies that sometimes can only be called fantastic.

Scientists are working on quantum computers that can execute jobs far beyond the capabilities of today’s machines. Broken into subatomic particles, items might be transported from one location to another in the blink of an eye. And, perhaps most intriguing of all, quantum physics may lead us to discover just what the universe is made of and what or who did the making.

CONTEXT QUANTUM PHYSICS Bell’s math showed that quantum weirdness rang true 50 years ago, theorem found a way to dash Einstein’s hopes for physics sanity BY TOM SIEGFRIED 8:00AM, DECEMBER 29, 2014

There’s just enough time left in 2014 to sneak in one more scientific anniversary, and it just might be the most noteworthy of them all. Fifty years ago last month, John Stewart Belltransformed forever the human race’s grasp on the mystery of quantum physics. He proved a theorem establishing the depth of quantum weirdness, deflating the hopes of Einstein and others that the sanity of traditional physics could be restored.

“Bell’s theorem has deeply influenced our perception and understanding of physics, and arguably ranks among the most profound 

scientific discoveries ever made,” Nicolas Brunner and colleagues write in a recent issue ofReviews of Modern Physics.

Before Bell, physicists’ grip on the quantum was severely limited. Weirdness was well established, but not very well explained. Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle had ruined Newton’s deterministic universe 

the future could not be completely predicted from perfect knowledge of the present. Waves could be particles and particles could be waves. Cats could be alive and dead at the same time.

Einstein didn’t buy it, insisting that underlying the quantum fuzziness there must exist a solid reality, even if it was inaccessible to human eyes and equations.

But try as he might — and he tried several times — Einstein could devise no experiment showing quantum physics to be in error. The best he could do was demonstrate how unbelievable quantum physics really was. In 1935 he pointed out (as had Erwin Schrödinger at about the same time) that quantum rules apparently defied “locality,” the notion that what happens far away cannot immediately affect what happens here.

As Einstein described it, in a paper with collaborators Boris Podolsky and Nathan Rosen, quantum mechanics — the mathematical apparatus governing the subatomic realm — seemed incomplete. If two particles of light interact and then fly far apart, quantum math describes them as still a single system. Measuring a property of one of the particles therefore instantly tells you what the result would be when someone measured the same property for the other particle. In the language now used to describe this situation, the particles are “entangled.”

Typically, the property to be measured would be something like spin (the direction that a particle’s rotational axis points) or polarization (the orientation of the vibrations if you view the light as a wave). Depending on how you create the entangled particles, the spins or polarizations might turn out always to be opposite. That is, if one particle’s spin is measured to be pointing up, the other will surely point down.

At first glance, there seems to be a simple explanation for this mystery. It could be just like sending one of a pair of gloves far away. If the recipient sees a left-handed glove, the one you kept must be right-handed.

But quantum physics is not like that. It’s more like sending away one of a pair of mittens, and the mitten becomes a glove, assuming a handedness when the recipient puts it on. The stay-at-home mitten would then suddenly become a glove with the opposite handedness.

Or at least that is the standard view. Einstein sympathizers contended that maybe some unseen factors, “hidden variables,” controlled the outcome, forcing the mittens to have had a handedness all along. For nearly three decades, there seemed to be no way to resolve that dispute. Both views of quantum physics would, everyone believed, predict exactly the same outcomes for any possible experiments.

But Bell perceived the situation with more sophistication. In a paper published in November 1964, he worked out an ingenious mathematical theorem to show that a hidden-variables reality would produce different experimental results.

Bell’s insight incorporated the fact that quantum math predicts probabilities for outcomes, not definite outcomes. In real entanglement experiments (which at the time could just be imagined), many measurements would be made. If every day you send one of a pair of entangled particles to Alice in D.C. and the other to Bob in L.A., they both can choose to make any of several possible measurements. When they meet once a year in Dallas to compare results, they’ll find that the outcomes match more often than chance. In principle, that correlation could arise either from quantum weirdness or from hidden variables.

But Bell showed that the two explanations predicted different degrees of correlation. In one case, for instance, math using hidden variables predicted that the measurements would match 33 percent of the time. Quantum math, with no hidden variables, predicted a match no more than 25 percent of the time.

(If you want to see the more general logic worked out explicitly, you can find it in Brunner et al’s paper in Reviews of Modern Physics, preprint available at arXiv.org.)

These differences, the “Bell inequalities,” gave experiments something definite to test. By the 1970s such experiments had begun, and in the 1980s Alain Aspect and colleagues in France showed definitively that Bell’s inequalities were violated in real experiments. That meant that local hidden variables could not be causing the mysterious connections in quantum entanglement. Einstein’s hope for a deeper reality did not pan out.

“It is a fact that this way of thinking does not work,” Bell said at a physics meeting I attended in 1989. “Einstein’s view, we now know, is not tenable.”

It’s not that the speed of light limit set by Einstein’s special relativity is violated. Entanglement does not, as is sometimes implied, involve instantaneous faster-than-light signaling. Measurement of one particle does not actually immediately determine the property of the other. It simply tells you what that property will be when measured. (I hope I have always been careful to phrase this by saying one measurement seems to affect the other.) It’s just that if you know the result of one measurement, you also know the result of the other, no matter which one is measured first. (And in some cases, which one comes first can depend on how fast you’re moving with respect to them, as considerations of special relativity come into play, as I mentioned at the end of an essay in Science News in 2008.)

In any case, the deep impact of Bell’s theorem was not really about proving quantum weirdness. Its greater importance was to make the underlying foundations of quantum physics a topic worth pursuing.

“What Bell’s Theorem really shows us is that the foundations of quantum theory is a bona fide field of physics, in which questions are to be resolved by rigorous argument and experiment, rather than remaining the subject of open-ended debate,” Matthew Leifer of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada writes in a recent paper.

That debate has made enormous progress in identifying and clarifying quantum phenomena, opening the way to new fields of study such as quantum information theory and new technologies for quantum communication and computation.

Still, experts argue. Bell’s theorems admit some loopholes that may not all have been closed. Perhaps, for instance, hidden variables can still guide quantum particles if reality is not local. And an ongoing debate rages (at the quantum level) about whether the “quantum state” of a particle simply represents knowledge used to make predictions, or is in fact a real thing in itself.

Path integral formulation

The path integral formulation of quantum mechanics is a description of quantum theory which generalizes the action principle of classical mechanics. It replaces the classical notion of a single, unique trajectory for a system with a sum, or functional integral, over an infinity of possible trajectories to compute a quantum amplitude.

The basic idea of the path integral formulation can be traced back to Norbert Wiener, who introduced the Wiener integral for solving problems in diffusion andBrownian motion.[1] This idea was extended to the use of the Lagrangian in quantum mechanics by P. A. M. Dirac in his 1933 paper.[2] The complete method was developed in 1948 by Richard Feynman. Some preliminaries were worked out earlier, in the course of his doctoral thesis work with John Archibald Wheeler. The original motivation stemmed from the desire to obtain a quantum-mechanical formulation for the Wheeler–Feynman absorber theory using a Lagrangian (rather than a Hamiltonian) as a starting point.

This formulation has proven crucial to the subsequent development of theoretical physics, because it is manifestly symmetric between time and space. Unlike previous methods, the path-integral allows a physicist to easily change coordinates between very different canonical descriptions of the same quantum system.

The path integral also relates quantum and stochastic processes, and this provided the basis for the grand synthesis of the 1970s which unified quantum field theorywith the statistical field theory of a fluctuating field near a second-order phase transition. The Schrödinger equation is a diffusion equation with an imaginary diffusion constant, and the path integral is ananalytic continuation of a method for summing up all possible random walks. For this reason path integrals were used in the study of Brownian motion and diffusion a while before they were introduced in quantum mechanics.[3]

Quantum mechanics

Quantum mechanics (QM; also known as quantum physics, or quantum theory) is a fundamental branch of physics which deals with physical phenomena atnanoscopic scales, where the action is on the order of the Planck constant. It departs from classical mechanics primarily at the quantum realm of atomic andsubatomic length scales. Quantum mechanics provides a mathematical description of much of the dual particle-like and wave-like behavior and interactions of energyand matter. Quantum mechanics provides a substantially useful framework for many features of the modern periodic table of elements, including the behavior of atomsduring chemical bonding, and has played a significant role in the development of many modern technologies.

An interpretation of quantum mechanics is a set of statements which attempt to explain how quantum mechanics informs our understanding of nature. Although quantum mechanics has held up to rigorous and thorough experimental testing, many of these experiments are open to different interpretations. There exist a number of contending schools of thought, differing over whether quantum mechanics can be understood to be deterministic, which elements of quantum mechanics can be considered “real”, and other matters.

This question is of special interest to philosophers of physics, as physicists continue to show a strong interest in the subject. They usually consider an interpretation of quantum mechanics as an interpretation of the mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics, specifying the physical meaning of the mathematical entities of the theory.