- June 14th, 2016
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There are two things I am certain of: I exist and I am conscious. From here I move into speculations regarding the world we live in. These involve both art and science, ultimately leading to a vision of who we are and where we come from-in other words to questions of spirituality.
My recent book The Woman Out of Now starts from this point of view.
In The Woman Out of Now I write: “ In Being, outside all the universes, there is only vibration. There is no near or far, all is one. We are all one. The only differences are differences of vibration.”
Physics may not be able to give us direct information about the spiritual world but it does point in certain directions. Quantum theory tells us that underlying our world of concrete objects is a world of moving vibrations, quantum waves. I think of them as waves of existence.
The basic building blocks of our physical world, the stuff of all matter and forces, appear as these waves. Quantum waves give us the probability one of these entities will appear at a particular place with a particular energy. But as waves they are in multiple locations at once or move with multiple speeds and energies at once. It is not until some process collapses all of these possibilities into one actuality, one place and time, or one level of energy, that we see the actual entity. What does this say about us and about our world since it is physically made of these entities?
The mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead called these entities enduring objects. He distinguished between these and what he called eternal objects. These are the objects of our consciousness: shape, beauty, goodness. Our reality is a coming together of these enduring and eternal objects.
In The Woman Out of Now these appear as the physical and the conscious stream and they come together in us as mind and matter.
In the case quantum waves, what is waving? What is vibrating? To me a quantum wave is an oscillation between existence and non-existence. The wave itself contains no matter or energy. It is pure information. They are a bridge between consciousness and matter.
But In what space is this wave moving? The answer may seem obvious. We assume in the ordinary space of the world we inhabit. But it is now evident that particles can influence each other instantaneously over great distances. This brings us to the deeper issues of entanglement and non-locality. Topics I will cover in further articles.