Quantum thinking does not replace
archaic or classical thinking. Archaic thinking may be useful when making
decisions about esoteric or spiritual principles. Classical thinking may
be useful when making simple decisions in controllable environments. Quantum
thinking is useful when making complex decisions with limited
information, relationship pressures and ambiguous objectives.
Archaic, Classical & Quantum Thinking
The differences between archaic, classical and quantum thinking
centre on beliefs - on assumptions about reality. Archaic perspectives assume
that reality is governed by spirits, demons and gods. Classical perspectives
assume that reality is governed by statistical laws. Quantum perspectives assume
that reality is not governed, rather reality behaves as an emerging complex system.
In archaic thinking, we can influence reality
by appeasing or bribing esoteric agencies. In classical thinking, we can
influence reality by applying natural laws. In quantum thinking, reality
is chaotic and ultimately unpredictable, yet we can influence reality
by understanding and applying systemic and quantum rules. See
Four quantum properties may apply to
consciousness. 1, quantum coherence (e.g. Bose-Einstein condensation) may
underlie ‘binding’ or unity of consciousness (Marshall, 1989). 2, non-local
entanglements (e.g. ‘Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen correlations’) may underlie
associative memory and non-local emotional interpersonal connection. 3, quantum
superposition of information may underlie preconscious and subconscious
processes, dreams and altered states. 4, quantum state reduction (quantum
computation) may underlie transitions from preconscious to consciousness.
(Penrose, 1989; 1994).
Research in quantum physics shows that much of our visible
reality is illusion. Our cosmos is composed of invisible, unpredictable and
paradoxical energy. At a macroscopic (classical) level, we can predict how
accumulations of energy will behave over time. But at a sub-microscopic
(quantum) level we cannot predict the behavior of a single electron for a single
Consider quantum tunneling; electrons can pass through
impenetrable barriers by already existing on the other side. Can this be real? This
paradox is used in superconductivity. Quantum tunneling may become a feature of
super-fast computers and other practical applications. What do you believe?
People like us, who believe in physics,
know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a
stubbornly persistent illusion. Albert Einstein
Consider superstring theory; everything in the universe
- all particles, forces and even space-time itself - consists of minute
strings that vibrate and spin in a multi-dimensional superspace. Can this
be real? What do you believe?
Consider the simultaneous existence of parallel universes.
If reality is quantum-mechanical, then our universe should have much more
structure than a collection of classical entities.
The universe may be called a multiverse. What do you believe?
Consider yourself. You are mathematically impossible. You were
a million-to-one chance when you were conceived—calculate the odds back over
generations! What do you believe?
Quantum Thinking, Beliefs & Reality
... the structure of the multiverse is
determined by information flow, and the universality of computation ensures
that by studying quantum computational networks it is possible to obtain
results about information flow that must also hold for quantum systems in
Quantum Computation, Clarendon Laboratory,
Why is the amount of antimatter in the universe so small?
Research at Brookhaven in 1965 revealed a slight violation of symmetry in
the decay of neutral kaons (sub-atomic particles). As a result of
this violation, a slight excess of matter survived the Big Bang. This world
and your body may exist because of a quantum violation that very few people have
ever heard of. Can you believe in kaon decay?
The Pauli Exclusion Principle states that identical types of matter cannot be in the same place at the same time and with the
same orientation. This prevents your body ... and the universe ... imploding. Can you believe in the Pauli
Our cells are
composed of molecules, the molecules of atoms, the atoms of particles, and the
particles of subparticles which diminish in mass, duration and probability under
dissection until one discovers that the mass-energy cosmos is conjured into
being out of theoretical ultimate particles of zero mass, zero duration and zero
probability. From Child of
Fortune by Norman Spinrad
Soul is said to be an immaterial essence of every
individual. Soul is an inner spiritual principle, a source of bodily
functions and mental activities. All human cultures include beliefs in a
soul that exists apart from the physical body. Can you
believe in Soul? (See
Psychobiology of Soul and
Soul of Soulwork)
Beliefs are not facts. Your personal reality is what you
assume to be true, based on what you believe. Your beliefs can support your
happiness ... or your
Common consequences of clinging to obsolete beliefs include:
- Depression: You retreat
from a life that does not make sense
- Compulsions & Obsessions:
You attempt distraction and escape
- Relationship Chaos: You use toxic
relationship and communication skills
- Emotional Stress: You experience
overwhelming anger, sadness or anxiety
- Age Regression: You demand that the
world follow your childish expectations
Probably, you accepted most of your beliefs about the world from
your early authorities - your parents, relatives and teachers. Hence many of
your assumptions and beliefs are likely based on obsolete concepts. Perhaps they need updating.
Quantum Coaching & Human Potential
For millennia, our ancestors pondered the creation of
order. They told simple stories to describe the emergence of stability
from chaos. These archaic chaos theories are rejected by classical science, yet
provide interesting metaphors for understanding
systems theories, quantum thinking and
Can you, for a moment, end a classical
obsession of trying to understand the world by statistical evaluation?
The principles of quantum thinking can both challenge
and assist you to update your view of reality.
Quantum Thinking & Leadership
The principles of
insights into how the world works. If you become entangled in a system, your evaluations
may be biased. If by predicting a system's behavior, you affect that
system's behavior - your predictions may be self-fulfilling.
When you plan, direct, or manage human systems,
do you use tools derived from archaic (esoteric) thinking, classical
(statistical) thinking or from modern (quantum) thinking? Quantum
thinking can help you manage unexpected
problems when you have limited information.
Are you attempting to change or transform human systems such as families,
teams or organizations? Are you trying to use esoteric agencies or statistical
data to motivate change? Are the results of
your initiatives uninspiring? Can you guess why?
Systemic diagnosis can help you perceive
organizations as interactive
human systems, rather than as esoteric entities
or classical machines.
Quantum Coaching & Entanglements
Quantum entanglements describe simultaneous action at a distance. Human entanglements often show up as compulsions and
inappropriate behavior. Some
human entanglements and consequences are:
- I lose access to my own identity (dissociation)
- I am entangled with a dead person (chronic sadness)
- I am entangled with an ignored hero (chronic anxiety)
- I am entangled with an ignored victim (chronic anger)
- I am entangled with two people in conflict (chronic conflict)
- I am entangled with someone I have hurt (guilt or depression)
Entanglements can ruin individual lives and
damage human systems. We offer effective solutions
for enmeshment and other complex relationship issues.
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