The theory of quantum consciousness can be a bit complex for those who do not master the topics of quantum mechanics. The truth is that it is a tangled terrain, but absolutely fascinating. Although many of its postulates are still in the hypothesis phase, enough knowledge has been accumulated to make it a well-respected field.
Let’s start by saying that physics had two great revolutions at the beginning of the 20th century. One was the one that inspired Albert Einstein’s famous theory of relativity. The other, that of quantum physics. Relativity marked a milestone, but quantum completely transformed the way we understood the world.
“In modern physics, the question of consciousness arose in relation to the observation of atomic phenomena. The quantum theory has shown that these phenomena can only be understood as bonds of a chain of processes, whose end is the consciousness of the human observer”.
Quantum mechanics proposed, in principle, to explain all those phenomena that occur in the world of the extraordinarily small. When doing so, gradually, they found great surprises. The theory of quantum consciousness emerges from all this.
What physicists found
When technology made possible the observation of subatomic particles (that is, those that make up the atoms and are infinitely small) a series of strange phenomena was discovered, to say the least.
What did physicists find and how does this relate to the theory of quantum consciousness? First of all, let’s talk about the findings, which were the following:
- The indeterminacy of the trajectory. When a large object is thrown, it follows a predictable trajectory. In contrast, subatomic particles follow an indeterminate path.
- Indetermination of the final impact. While firing a bullet can know where it is going to hit, by “firing” a subatomic particle this becomes totally unpredictable.
Physicists, initially, thought that perhaps subatomic particles behaved that way because they were too small. This caused factors such as air, or the like, to change their trajectory and make it unpredictable. However, an experiment was conducted that raised new questions.
The double slit experiment
The double-slit experiment, or Young’s experiment, is at the base of the theory of quantum consciousness. The issue is a little tangled, but we will try to simplify it to the fullest, with the permission of the scientists.
The physicists thought that if they reduced to the maximum the factors of interference in the trajectory and the impact, they would obtain that a object “fired” behaved like a tiny particle, also “shot”. To achieve this, they used two grilles, each with two openings. They fired through them, objects and particles.
However, the particles, without knowing why, ended up forming a pattern as well organized horizontal bands. The objects no. It was also observed that the particles could pass through both slits, simultaneously. Then, they covered one of the slits and there the particles behaved just like the objects fired.
The scientists concluded that the particles functioned as waves and not as small solid objects. Waves of what? They called them “probability waves.” The definitive thing is that they proved that the world of the infinitely small behaves differently. Operates with a different logic.
The theory of quantum consciousness
For didactic purposes, we have to keep simplifying topics that are very complex. Let’s skip a series of important concepts and let’s just say that physicists were able to detect that the presence of an observer modifies the way in which subatomic particles behave.
It seems as if nature changed its behavior when we observe it. The physicist Pascual Jordan says it with these words: “We produce the results of the measurements ourselves”. In other words, just observing reality makes it change.
So basically we are unable to perceive reality as it is. There is no such thing as “objectivity.” We describe and measure what we perceive, but the mere fact of observing something makes Werner Heisenberg said it this way:
“What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning”.
This means, neither more nor less, that here and now there is a whole universe full of phenomena that we can not see, hear, or perceive. As to finish making things more complex, several physicists have postulated that the brain also has a quantum behavior.
According to the theory of quantum consciousness, we are creatures with two eyes, but we would need many more or special lenses to see what really happens in what we call reality.