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Can the weirdness of quantum mechanics make you well, or make you wealthy?

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quantum mechanics

I was doing a search on twitter about quantum mechanics and in the results I saw a lot of tweets about products that use quantum mechanics to change your life! Apparently some people believe that quantum mechanics can make you wealthier and healthier.  Can someone really use a physics theory (which is very hard to understand) in order to change his life? If you really don’t have an answer on that you can start your quest for an answer by reading the following post in Cosmic Log;

How to spot quantum quackery

This is an interview with Lawrence Krauss the writer of “The Physics of Start Trek”.

People want to believe that they can easily change everything without effort, but physics is all about understanding limitations;

The quantum world does pervade everything around us, but as Richard Feynman liked to say, “Scientific creativity is imagination in a straitjacket.” Not everything is possible. That’s what makes the world so interesting.

Maybe we don’t know everything about Science and quantum mechanics, but that is also the beauty of it; we are working hard in order to understand more, and to create more.

With quantum mechanics, there’s a notion that observers affect the things that they’re observing. That’s not always true, but it’s often true. That’s one of the very strange properties of quantum mechanics. Therefore people get the notion that there’s no objective reality, and that you can literally impact on the external world just by doing things internally. That’s not the case. If you want to affect something in the external world, you have to do something to it. You can’t just hope for the best. You can’t bring good things to you by thinking about them.

Knowledge has its scope and limitations, we have to understand that;

Quantum mechanics is often quoted as the explanation for many things, because it’s so weird that people latch onto it as a hope, to explain everything that they would like to believe about the universe.

Magic is linked to the belief that everything is possible with little or no effort; that is not the case with Science

There are lots of things in quantum mechanics that sound like magic. But sounding like magic and being magic are two different things.

Is quantum mechanics a new fashion?

Often, people who are trying to sell whatever it is they’re trying to sell try to justify it on the basis of science. Everyone knows quantum mechanics is weird, so why not use that to justify it? … I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people say, “Oh, I love quantum mechanics because I’m really into meditation, or I love the spiritual benefits that it brings me.” But quantum mechanics, for better or worse, doesn’t bring any more spiritual benefits than gravity does.

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  1. Thinking Chimpanzee said, on September 25, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Just curious, I wonder how you feel about David Bohm and his idea of wholeness?

  2. e1saman said, on September 25, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Very interesting question, I have never read Bohm’s formalism, so I cannot really express an opinion. The wholeness is a very attractive idea, but I do not really know that it springs from Bohm’s formalism

    • Thinking Chimpanzee said, on September 26, 2010 at 8:26 pm

      I am struggling to form a “stable”(regardless of right or wrong as long as I truly believe in it) opinion of the nature of the universe so that I can then form a “stable” view on life. I was doing great (aka by holding a mechanical view of the universe) until I read David Bohm’ books. He said this mechanical view of the universe is the result of fragmentation of knowledge while in fact the universe is a whole. According to my humble understanding of his philosophy, he draw this conclusion from quantum entanglement which apparently violate the rule that”nothing can travel faster than light”. I become even less certain about my view now.

      • e1saman said, on September 28, 2010 at 9:06 pm

        Can you please recommend some reading?

        Thanks

  3. Thinking Chimpanzee said, on September 28, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    There are two books of David Bohm that I would recommend. The first one is wholeness and the implicated order. The second one is the Essential David Bohm. I think the second book presents his philosophy as a system to the reader.


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