Oh, this subject has been skirted and savaged in its application to the macro world for almost a hundred years, since quantum mechanics and entanglement first saw the light of human day around 1925. Scientists love to vilify those who dare to see things differently, and as quantum mechanics has become more fascinating to the world at large, their protective nets have tightened with the same kind of fervour as Doreen Virtue now reserves for the new-age community she once served so lucratively. Brian Cox attacked those with views on Uncertainty other than his own as 'charlatans'.
But there's been a development.
Entanglement was first produced on paper in the equations of Schroedinger and Bohr, it was later the subject of experiment and became mainstream in accepted theory although Einstein didn't like this 'spooky action at a distance'. Essentially, it's the capability (or tendency) of particles to respond interactively with each other regardless of the measurable distance between them. Entangled particles behave like Twins. Last year a study on quasars pulled more evidence out of the cosmos. But scientists would still argue that it couldn't apply to us, as living organisms, because we are 'too complex' and after all, talking about quantum mechanics and human beings in the same sentence is just Woo.
That is, until now. Suddenly a group of researchers working on luminescent bacteria have breached the wall of constraint. They've found that organisms can become entangled, by means of absorbing, emitting and reabsorbing photons. Already onstream with proving this in bacterium, they're soon to be moving the concept on with entangled Tardigrades. So this new evidence takes another brick from the wall, which before long will inevitably tumble, allowing us to finally live in peace with the fact that we are entangled with other Selves to greater or lesser degrees, because we can freely admit that Light and Energy are the same thing, and we absorb, emit and reabsorb these energies across the non-local divide all the time. Having said that, it has to be said that we experience this 'spooky action at a distance' with some individuals more than with others.
We can afford to get excited about this. Proof that we directly experience entanglement pushes us to focus on responsibility for each other in ways we may have been reluctant to accept. We really do have to be careful with our thoughts. Not that the Thought Police are going to come along any time soon, but it is very much up to us how we perceive the thoughts and emotions that we absorb from others, what we emit as a result of that absorption, and what we re-absorb in response. For the other beings with whom we are entangled may or may not be aligned with the way we would wish things to be. They won't always see things the way we do. We still have judgement and ego, issues and histories to absolve and diminish in our move towards new paradigms in living life as we know it. We are complex, after all.
We do have time, and where there's a will there's a way, but we have first to accept these strange phenomena as part and parcel of our present physiology, and to refine our psychology in alignment with approaches that work, replacing the traditional approaches that have, let's face it, not done us many favours so far.
This is a major revelation. Not only for the barriers to scientific progress it promises to breach, but for the initiation of wider thought on the matters of quantum mechanics relative to the human condition. There are a lot of new-age protagonists out there who put 'Quantum' in the title of their movement, webpage, seminar or world tour without any real exploration of what this actually means, with no explanation of how the science works in relation to the esoteric theories they are expounding. Wouldn't it be great if we could bring new science into the field of vision without the traditional barriers of condemnation and contempt, and begin to collaborate our personal experiences with cutting-edge discoveries which make sense of our placement in spacetime, our relationship with the Universe and with each other, and our growth process as we continue our quest for what dreams may come of being the Beings we really and truly would love to be? What would be left for us to argue about?
Those old enough to remember The Beatle's "Yellow Submarine" will catch the wave of the title line, just think of it with melody...
or not, as the case may be, if you are too young, in which case your mother should know.
Point of the post? Based on my most recent thought track concerning the Multiverse, a theory reluctantly swallowed by most scientists, positivists choking on the fact that they can't quite chuck it out the window along with the sinful suggestion that we might have a soul. Whatever our life form is, does, means or consists of, if there's a Multiverse we better get a grip of what it can do. Because it leaves us with a lot of options on how we handle Time.
Someone on social media recently mentioned that we have unique, individual realities, and that everyone else having their own unique, individual reality too means that to them, there is one unique version of us that they know, different to everyone else's. That makes for a lot of versions, relating to how many people there are to know, since it seems we don't have to know everyone for us all to have some kind of connection. And since our connections are making a difference to everything as it changes, approaching them more coherently could make a difference to what we change.
(Image credit - Chemistry World - follow the link from the pic)
Who am I, and who are you, really? And how many versions of us do we get to choose from? Trying to catch the wave of what others want only seems to get a body into hot water. Optimising ourselves seems to be the way forward, but actually doing that - finding the key to the optimisation - well, isn't it just more trouble than thinking about it is worth?
If the Multiverse allows for free will, then the choice to believe and perceive as we do has to be a bedrock of some kind. There are trains of thought that lean this way proliferating everything right now from social media to media advertising (a sure and certain litmus of what's going on out there, notwithstanding the uncertainty of fashion). Our lives hold evidence of this at every turn, although sometimes the road is long without any turns at all, when we have to be patient and wait for the right time. Time comes; a true heart lends a hand to finding space when it does.
(Image credit BBC Radio 4 - Melvyn Bragg and the Multiverse - follow the link from the pic)
"Spacetime" has become a proper word in its own right, seamlessly and silently slipping into common scientific language without making a song and dance about it, not really announcing its presence in the vocabulary but stamping its authority over the whole of What Is without giving too much away about depth of meaning. While we live in our separate, definable spacetimes, there's mileage in seeing how much we can gain from sharing a focused point of view.
Kathy is the author of Quantumology. She met quantum mechanics in 1997 and pledged allegiance to its sources thereafter. These are her personal thoughts and testimonies. For professional testimonials please see Programmes.