In 1982 a remarkable event took place. At the University of Paris a research team led by physicist Alain Aspect performed what may turn out to be one of the most important experiments of the 20th century.

Aspect and his team discovered that under certain circumstances subatomic particles such as electrons are able to instantaneously communicate with each other regardless of the distance separating them. It doesn’t matter whether they are 10 feet or 10 billion miles apart. Somehow each particle always seems to know what the other is doing. It is referred to as “entanglement” within quantum mechanics theory.

Erwin Schrödinger one of the developers of Quantum Mechanics states “it is one of those events that challenges our classical assumptions of thought.”

It gives us reason to reconsider our assumptions of thought in other fields of endeavor….it raises questions about our psychological concepts of self and subconscious…and suggest it is possible that both our subconsciousness is deeply “entangled”with other persons that influence our life in ways in which we are not aware…Carl Jung described this possibility in his theories of “collective unconscious” and “synchronicity” without having any scientific evidence at that time to support his conclusions.

Another theory of quantum mechanics is the “Butterfly-Effect” described by Paul Erlich in using the example of “The fluttering of a butterfly’s wings can effect climate changes on the other side of the planet”….it raises the question if a psychological disturbance we are experiencing can effect some one’s mind on the other side of the planet?…these new thoughts can undermine our whole concept of who we are.

More importantly it suggest that universal intelligence and our individual intelligence are one and the same …and the naive assumption we are a separate self with a separate thinker becomes nothing more than a fictitious myth… we do need a new understanding that integrates our own intelligence with the intelligence of the Universe.

4 Responses

  1. John… Thanks for your very thoughtful comment, and in particular your correction on quantum entanglement.

    The field of psychology has never been truly a science and perhaps the reason is lack of ability to understand the subconscious mind… It is true that there are scientific studies of human behavior but these are largely through observation without understanding the underlying source of the behavior.

    My attempts in this blog is to explore the possibility of the flow experience as being processed through our intuitive mind… This is all speculation and very dependent on imagination… Many throughout history have sought a deeper understanding of how the mind works and I try to use their knowledge to develop a concept described in this blog.

    As you may notice, I frequently quote from Albert Einstein who also wondered how the mind works… Interestingly, he describes science as primitive and childlike and had thought of himself as much a mystic as a scientist.


  2. Just for the record, I’m a huge fan of flow psychology, but communication across billions of miles is explicitly NOT what quantum entanglement is about. Entanglement is specifically defined in a way that prevents any kind of long-distance communication to follow from it, and we find this entirely confirmed by experiment. Quantum entanglement is much better understood as a kind of special “shared randomness” than as a kind of long-distance communication.

    Regarding the butterfly effect, it is almost certain that mental actions or disturbances affect the minds of others on the opposite side of the planet. The interesting question for present and future science to answer is “how?”

    Current evidence suggests many ways, but none on the order of complexity that would warrant describing the combined system as intelligent in and of itself. What memories does this “universal intelligence” possess that would survive the death of any given individual, for example? I’m aware of none that could be nearly as complex as an individual human’s memories and thoughts.

    tl;dr It’s possible to value an effective social consciousness and the importance of a broader, more expansive perspective without hand-waving references to misunderstood science. There *is* science that confirms the importance of these things–it just occurs in the fields of psychology, sociology, game theory, etc. and in much less sweeping terms. Collecting evidence for complex hypotheses is hard work!

  3. Nearsightedness allows us to create an illusion of being a separate self with its own expectations and goals…while farsightedness makes us aware of our interrelatedness with the environment and the Universe in a state of flow but with an intelligent movement.

  4. Why? How does our current identity fail us other than that it is apparently near-sighted. What would We gain from such a new identity?

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