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The Conscious Link Between The Mind and Quantum Mechanics

Quantum theory of physics and consciousness of the mind have a dialectical link, but some scientists believe it needs to be explored. At present, the association is very tenuous with physicists still being sceptical and cautious about declaring an unambiguous connection. Quantum mechanics is used to describe the behaviour of the Universe’s smallest particles or sub-atomic material.

Our body exists in a 3-dimensional universe and our consciousness is a series of images beyond this 3-dimensional entity that our brains receive as feelings, thoughts, and mental images etc.

Some physicists believe that the mindful consciousness is a continuous entity and can exist beyond and before the physical existence of the brain. Something that Albert Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.”

In quantum physics, every particle that exists in the form of photons and electrons behaves like a wave or particle based on the presence or absence of human observation. ( “The double slit experiment,” a paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Physics Essays by Dean Radin, PhD, explains how this experiment has been used multiple times to explore the role of consciousness in shaping the nature of physical reality). When the sub atomic materials are measured, they behave like particles, and when the object of measurement is withdrawn they act like waves. Unobserved, it is theorized, they exist in a “superposition,” or they spread everywhere, appearing in all possible locations when observed. “In other words, objectively they are non-existent in space or time but it is in the subjective realm of observation that they attain a 3-dimensional reality. There is a causal relationship between subjective perception and objective physical reality,” emphasises David Michigan.

Sir Roger Penrose, a world-renowned Quantum Mechanics physicist from Oxford University, is a proponent of consciousness having quantum origins. He says, "We could make some progress on understanding the problem of the evolution of consciousness if we supposed that consciousness alters (albeit perhaps very slightly and subtly) quantum probabilities."

Penrose came up with the Orchestrated Objective Reduction theory, according to which qubits of information exist in multiple states until they coalesce into a “quantum coherence,” and this coherence occurs in microtubules of protein that make up the neurotransmission system of our brains and can process feelings and mental images. The microtubules act as quantum devices, believes Penrose, controlling our conscious state.

Another theory of quantum mechanics and consciousness of mind is based on Einstein’s theory that energy cannot be created or destroyed and that consciousness is created on a quantum, sub-atomic scale through the prevalent constant energy in the universe. Quantum mechanics and mind believers go a step further saying it is plausible the other way round that our consciousness created the universe.

Science is about observation of what can be seen and felt in the material world but that does not rule out the possibility that there are other forms that exist and can be studied when more evidence comes forward. David Michigan says, “The brain does not create consciousness but merely transmits it like the radio or TV program, how it is received and seen depends on the quality of that brain.”

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