February 25, 2009
Just a quick post for today. Still working on that mega one…
But in the meantime… suicide!
And, it should be no surprise to any of my regular readers that what I’m talking about in this case is quantum suicide. Check here for an in-depth explanation of quantum suicide, but I’ll try to break down the concept for you briefly.
Basically, you first take the whole Schrödinger’s cat experiment, where a cat placed in a box is either is or is not poisoned based on the measurement of a certain quantum particle (it’s a fancy box). For example, a clockwise spinning electron equals “dead kitty”, while a counter-clockwise spinning electron equals “live kitty”.
Since all quantum particles naturally exist in a state of superposition (which basically means they’re spinning in both directions at the same time, although that’s a bit simplified for the sake of our conversation here) and they stay in superposition until they are observed and measured. And once he’s shut in the our box, our cat pretty quickly achieves a state of superposition (of being both alive and dead) as well. Remeber, it’s a fancy box.
Until you open the box and look at it. Then the cat is either alive or dead.
The particle’s existence in a state of superposition is completely dependent on the its not being observed or measured in anyway. You’d never actually get to see the superimposed cat, since the acting of looking at it (or becoming aware of it) would be an act of observation. The best I can do is this:
Now get rid of the cat, and put in a person. And a gun. Pulling the trigger allows this same “fancy box” to measure that same particle. Clockwise spin equals “click”, counterclockwise spin equals “bang!”
Repeatedly pulling the trigger would cause a random pattern of observation and after one or two measurements, the person’s pretty much guaranteed to be dead. Sounds a lot like Russian Roulette, right? So why all the science? Why not just use good old fashioned blanks and bullets?
Well, according to the theories of a physicist named Hugh Everett, it’s not quite so easy as pure chance. What’s actually happening is that the state of superposition, when observed, is showing to the observer one of it’s possible states. To crib a bit from that earlier link (emphasis mine):
Everett proposed that the entire universe is one giant quantum mechanical system, and that there can be no definite outcome of a measurement within it. Although an individual who is part of the system cannot be aware of more than one result, every possible event can and does take place. Each conscious individual exists in their own world, with an individual perspective on a larger reality.
Because of Everett’s theories, known as the Many World’s interpretation, we can hazard a guess at a different way of viewing reality. Within this “giant quantum mechanical system” of the universe, all possibilities exist, and our acts of conscious observation simply tune into one or another possibility, depending on which ones are most readily available from within our current state of being.
Every possible outcome happens, according to Many Worlds, but there’ll be no chance for the scientist to know about the ones where he gets killed. All he will ever be aware of is the `click’ and after 10 or so clicks he will be convinced that a reality exists where he can survive this process forever.
This is why concentration and attention are so important, because as long as the focused observer is there, that person in the fancy box, pulling the trigger of the quantum suicide gun, will never him or her self experience that moment of explosive death. Other people might, but that one person never could.
Now, I don’t mean to imply that all random chance is controllable purely by observation. Clearly to anyone who’s lost a loved one, or even just lost a lot of money at blackjack, just watching and wishing doesn’t really effect the outcome. But that’s just our surface thoughts and desires. What about our deeply held assumptions and beliefs? What about those thoughts, emotions, and opinions that we hold to be truly self-evident and unquestionable.
These subconscious desires of “that’s just the way the world works” are what motivate our behavior and our actions. That’s where our true focus and attention are, whether we like admit it or not. That’s where the observer who’s measuring the quantum superposition rests. It’s not in our surface thoughts or emotions. If by chance it does happen that we can will our thoughts into existence, it’s the ones that we’re already carrying around with us all the time that are the ones we’re already willing into existence.
What we are failing to take into account are these subroutine beliefs that are going on in the backs of our mind, the patterns of awareness that we’ve held onto and cultivated until they exist on a level where we are no longer conscious of them. They in no way represent a conscious consistent wish for anything; they’re just a mess of different things we’ve picked up along the way.
This is what the splintered mind does, it’s repressed feelings and unexamined dogmas causing so many problems. These bits of cognitive dissonance that we carry around inside us all the time spread out fractally into reality, along tiny strings of little quantum measurements. Every decision, every time we pick “this” and not “that”, whether in our actions (do not commit adultery) or our thoughts (do not covet your neighbor’s wife), is a quantum measurement. It is the pulling-into-being of a “thing” out of the numinous quantum superposition which is the universe. This is the creation of karma, and we are all trapped within it. It requires our intense focus and attention to cut through it and see what other opportunities are still left to us. We need to start following those, and through following them, bring still newer and better opportunities into existence. And so on and so on, ad infinitum…
But until we take this karma effect into account, we cannot have any meaningful conversation about whether or not our thoughts have any effect on our realities. Because if we can do it, then we’re doing it already, and we’re doing it wrong.
And when you add all the possible values together
For what that line could be
All the positive values extending to infinity
All the negative values extending to infinity
It all balances out (positive x plus negative x equals zero)