Scientists really supported the “spirit over matter” interpretation.

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In the beginnings of quantum theory some scientists really supported the “spirit over matter” interpretation: human consciousness, so they claimed, is not subject to the rules of quantum mechanics, because these are only valid for matter. Read more:

Today I read something about quantum physics which reflects what I always felt when I read something about this subject, that quantum physics points in the direction that spirit stands above matter.

Here excerpts of what I read today:

 

World of quanta – strange rules determine the world of quanta – rules which have only very little in common with our daily experiences. But as exotic as the world of quanta may be it has made many technologies possible of our everyday life – and further, still more unbelievable applications are in sight.

In Bohr’s model of an atom electrons circle round the atomic nucleus like planets. In quantum physics the picture changes dramatically: electrons are no longer particles with definite location and definite speed but appear as “wave function”, as complex probability distribution.

In the world of quanta things are strange: There objects behave once like particles and once like waves; there energy can only be exchanged packet wise; the objects exist in several states at the same time; there qualities like location and speed can no longer be exactly measured at the same time and there states of far remote objects are ghostlike linked together.

Many of these phenomena seem to contradict sound human understanding. And even experts do not agree what these phenomena mean for our understanding of reality.

But quantum physics works: Today it pulls through the entire physics and also almost all modern technologies. It not only describes correct the behavior of smallest particles, also modern electronics or laser optic would be inconceivable without it. And with so-called quantum computers further exciting applications are in the stage of development.

In the world of quanta things seem to become blurred. Light can appear as particle or wave; location and speed cannot be exactly measured as one likes at the same time; remote particles can be crossed over with each other in a strange way. And the rules of the world of quanta lead to new phenomena and states of matter.

However well the world of quanta may work, how exact their predictions with the experiment may agree: Until today physicists and philosophers fight over the right interpretation of quantum physics – and over the meaning of quantum physics for our theory of life.

Atoms, electrons and other quantum particles behave fundamentally differently than we know it from our everyday life. They have both particle as well as wave qualities; their future is absolutely uncertain and even when one measures in the now the result is not precise in every case.

Matter known to us consists of atoms, electrons and other quantum particles. And yet the laws being valid in the microscopic particle world and the macrocosmic world of bodies could not be more different.

In daily life no-one will claim that the Moon only stands in the sky when we look at it. But in the micro world the result of an experiment is really only decided through the measurement. Or the other way round: Before a quantum physical quantity is measured it has no certain value. For instance an electron in an atom isolated from the surroundings can move on two different orbits at the same time around the nucleus. With that it has no particular energy value – as long as, until the physicist carries out a measurement.

The influence of the observer is decisive in the world of quanta. But how exactly his “intervention” is to be understood and where the boundary between everyday world and quantum world really lies, is not clarified until today. Does the observer has an exceptional position which lifts him above matter, or is he himself a superimposition of quantum mechanical states? In the beginnings of quantum theory some scientists really supported the “spirit over matter” interpretation: human consciousness, so they claimed, is not subject to the rules of quantum mechanics, because these are only valid for matter. According to this special position we can cause through mere observation that objects enter a concrete existence from undetermined states.

 

What of course is so obvious is that the just discussed boundary between everyday world and quantum world is so easy to understand when one only grasps the basics of spiritual things.

And what is also so obvious is that this spiritual knowledge is known, partly for ages, and that these knowers, the so-called scientists, have no knowledge of this knowledge.

 

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