Saturday, October 24, 2009

Quantum Physics and The Law of Attraction

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It has become popular in recent years to blend the intellectually unfathomable concepts of quantum physics with pop-psychology precepts such as The Law of Attraction.

Can science prove the theories of the philosophers who since time immemorial have built huge and loyal adherents espousing this seemingly mystical observation?
How would you explain the science of Quantum Physics to a 6 year old? It’s like explaining that the world of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is the real world and that we live in a parallel world where nothing makes sense.

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t

Quantum Physics examines matter and energy at an infinitesimally small size, and at this particle level, all the Newtonian Laws of science appear to break down. Even Einstein needed some convincing to accept the empirical evidence.

The essence of this phenomenon is that it confronts our certainties. If you can’t entirely rely on logic and rationality a whole new horizon of possibility thinking emerges.

The Law of Attraction has been the central tenet of personal development authors such as Napoleon Hill and more recently Rhonda Byrne and many are now using the principles of Quantum Physics to support their theories.

As there are perhaps only a handful of scientists capable of coherently expressing or indeed understanding this nebulous concept any attempts by mere mortals to weave philosophy, spirituality, logic and particle physics into something meaningful is destined to be labelled hocus-pocus.

Some concepts that are expressed are as follows:

Thoughts are things.
We attract like-minded people to us.
Everything is energy and in a constant vibratory state.
Visualization manifests actualization.

The lesson here is that the boundaries of the possible and the impossible are becoming blurred. Perhaps nothing is as it appears.

The mistake is probably akin to that of wave-particle observation. Observation changes the nature of what is being observed.

We live in a world of infinite possibility that simultaneously vacillates between elegant order and utter chaos.

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