While chatting to a psychologist recently I happened to explain a bit about my work.
I explained that while I'm happy to dig into the nitty-gritty of quantum theory and experiment, not that many people seem too interested. So I recounted how, talking with a photographer friend, I explained some of the practical benefits of quantum physics -- such as speeding with safety.
Now, I explained to this particular lady that with the benefits of quantum physics we now have sufficient evidence to draw some remarkable conclusions. And that is that (to quote someone I expect is way smarter than me) ...
any correct model of reality has to incorporate explicit non-local connections. No local reality can explain the type of world we live in. Furthermore, (since that model) is based on experimental facts, it is independent of whether quantum theory is correct or not.1
in other words ...
Whatever reality may be, it must be non-local.2
I explained that most of us are as a general rule locally-focused so we don't pay much attention to the nonlocal signaling that's ever-present, ubiquitous and vitally supports our ability to live life (more on that vitality and necessity another time -- hint: Dr Damasio's work with frontal lobe-damaged patients).
What I found interesting was that while the idea of 'speeding with safety' was initially intriguing for this lady, it didn't take long for (what I perceived to be) a habitual concern to be apparent -- of everyone running around doing crazy things and being irresponsible, if everyone were to 'speed' ... (fine print with safety).
But that's the interesting dimension to all this .. if it's not done safely it's because we're not plugged in. If it's not safe and instead we're accident prone, that's because we're shackled by tired old mechanical-universe beliefs. It's because - metaphorically speaking - we're wandering around with our eyes shut, bumping into things, having accidents, saying "I can't see. It's not safe."
Uhm, 'cough' why don't we open our eyes to the facts of reality, that whatever reality may be, it must be inherently safe. The evidence is in. No argument there. It's a done deal, tested across 144 kilometres at last count.
Besides, what would it be like to be 'perfectly' disconnected from all that wonderful nonlocal signaling? -- you know, that which is vital to life, but which many still don't believe exists, despite the uhm, again, "cough", experiment facts.
The science has been in now for around a 100 years. It must be about time3, now.
- 1. Nick Herbert,Quantum Reality: Beyond the New Physics
- 2. Nick Herbert, Quantum Reality: Beyond the New Physics
- 3. Delayed choice experiments show instant nonlocal influences occur across time as well, with experiments showing present choices affecting the past, and ... by inference, the future affecting the present