Jennifer Lapierre Stone
Quantum Mechanics and Parapsychology
Quantum mechanics has always been a challenge for many traditional physicists (including Einstein) because it essentially poses that there are only possibilities of a physical, objective reality until you, as a focused, individual consciousness, interact with it and collapse the wave function that represents the diffuse, undifferentiated potential (yeah, feel free to re-read that one, because I certainly had to do so). This concept is called Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle. Werner Heisenberg, a German physicist whose notoriety resurrected with Breaking Bad’s tip of the hat to him, determined that our observations have an effect on the behavior of subatomic particles, or quanta. When you interact with quanta using observation and intention, you get the physical reality version of it, whereas before you interacted with it, there was just this possibility field. So, your consciousness is creating your own reality.
To accept this concept on a micro level is science, but to take it to the macro level of daily life and to accept that our thoughts affect our reality, that's tough (if not impossible) for left-brained die-hard skeptics. There are plenty of websites bashing this attempt as “pseudoscience,” and a plethora of others promoting the concept as the foundation to manifestation. I’m in the camp that quantum mechanics is paving the road for us to understand that yes, we do create our own reality, even if this concept is still not proven using empirical science. Unfortunately, this methodology of research not only disregards scientific theory and instead relies solely on practical experience, but it also requires the data be able to be recreated. Yet the results of many parapsychological experiments on manifestation, psychic ability, remote viewing, and the like simply cannot be replicated -- because these realms, like quantum mechanics, do not obey the laws of traditional empirical science. Heisenberg’s peer Erwin Schrodinger, who won a Nobel prize for his work in quantum mechanics, writes, “Consciousness cannot be accounted for in physical terms. For consciousness is absolutely fundamental. It cannot be accounted for in terms of anything else." Consciousness is the stream of thoughts and feelings we experience, but we still do not know for certain whether we create it, or if we are tuning into an outside source. With the discovery of subatomic physics in the last century, I believe that the mainstream scientific community will someday accept psychic phenomena and other parapsychology topics as bona fide topics worthy of research and publication.