Four years ago I wrote a post to commemorate the remarkable occasion of finding Quantumology followed back by none other than Peter Williams, who played Apophis - the golden System Lord of Stargate SG1. Since then, we've shared humour on Twitter and exchanged anecdotes. You could say, as you could say of any communication on social media, that we cultivated a virtual relationship, and any kind of relationship with a star from the galaxy of suspended disbelief is something of a lifetime achievement. In my lifetime, at that particular point in 2013, all other forms of personal pinnacle paled into insignificance.
Yesterday a particularly significant episode of SG1 came round on Pick TV. The Fifth Race brings us face to face with the Asgard, a type of alien you'd probably recognise from common ET caricature. This episode was produced in 1998 when the series was fresh in its exploration and running fast into the realms of quantum mechanics, thanks to fantastic casting and an infallible script. We were so impressed we signed up for the weekly DVD issue and built the whole collection which we then watched three times over (over the course of several years!). Somewhere in the Multiverse, Richard Dean Anderson's film company Gekko took SG1 into serial decades of successful storywriting, but sadly in this slice of universal pie Sony got hold of it in the Noughties and did horrid things.
Now, much time has passed since then and life has moved on for us all. But the questions posed by this episode are not only relevant, but increasingly relevant as we move into stages of our evolution which paradoxically crash into the promise of mass extinctions. For as the Asgard attest, the human race "shows great promise" but it's not yet in the league of those civilisations who exist in a peaceable, psychologically advanced manner. Advanced enough to defend from a philosophical standpoint acknowledging the only way to win is to deny the battle.
Twenty years ago I was pushed onto the quantum track without any knowledge or precognition of what was to come. I was pushed there because I needed to know. Many years later, the reasons why I needed to know become apparent, and as this track continues to take me and many others into the realms of next-generation mechanics, it seems the force of relevance is showing no signs of slowing down. People are not only taking the word 'quantum' in their stride these days, but they're talking about 5D ascension, about enlightenment as a consequence of self-realisation, about the truths and beauties of metaphysics in ways which 20 years ago would have been the stuff of social science fiction. The Stargate scriptwriters might have seen it all coming, but most of us are taken aback by the sheer multitude of contexts in which these applications are finding ground across the social matrix. And we are asking, with good reason, why this should be so.
There seems to be a quickening going on, as if a birth of some kind is in the midst of occurring. As quantum units, miniscule in form yet carried by enormous egos which make us believe all kinds of things, we are busily making miracles of our daily lives while we find our feet in a new age filled with concepts which stretched even the mind of Einstein. Quantum mechanics is important because we are made of this stuff, we behave as this stuff, everything around us also is and behaves as this stuff and there's no getting away from certain fidgety facts such as living in a Multiverse and having Uncertainty to put up with. We also have more opportunity than we've ever known to directly experience quantum effects such as non-locality, and our comprehension of what constitutes consciousness is being tested in scientific arenas as never before.
If you're here, reading this, it'll be because you're on an investigative track of your own, and it could lead you absolutely anywhere but one thing's for sure - you're going to find it interesting. The more you put into this interest, the more you're going to get out, and the wonderful thing about quantum information is that it doesn't hang around waiting for you to do enough revision or sit an exam in September next. As soon as you've grasped a concept, the Universe will fall over itself in giving you the chance to experience it first-hand. Some of the effects may seem a little weird, but you soon get used to the weirdness and grow apace with it as this knowledge fills your being and cements itself in your DNA. The quantum field has opened itself up for our exploration and we are free to play, to learn, to understand as much or as little of it as we wish, for it's always been and it's here to stay. The font of findings will fuel your creative intuition so fast that more things will pop into your fron than you've any hope of keeping up with, so expect to fall over a few times. I did. And if anyone labels you with a 'mental illness', check in with the Multiverse before you take it as read that you need to believe what 'they' desperately want you to hear.
Kathy is the author of Quantumology. She met up with quantum mechanics in 1997, pledging allegiance to its sources thereafter. These are her personal thoughts and testimonies.