Wisdom teachings from the point of view of quantum physics
Author: Dr. Ulrich Warnke
Issue No: 73
Hard physics and soft spiritual wisdom teachings are getting closer and closer. In the so-called quantum philosophy, a term of Carl Friedrich v. Weizsäcker, the entanglements of consciousness and matter are becoming more and more apparent. With Ulrich Warnke we have a natural scientist who is honestly striving for an accurate combination
The origin of quantum philosophy
You call yourself a quantum philosopher. What does a quantum philosopher deal with? And what distinguishes quantum philosophy from conventional philosophy?
In the meantime, announcements of my person for lectures and interviews speak of “the quantum philosopher”, a designation I did not adopt myself. But why does quantum philosophy always come first in my papers? Because great physicists of our epoch have derived this term compellingly to describe the typical properties of the world of human events with that of quantum mechanics and quantum theory.
Carl Friedrich Freiherr von Weizsäcker writes in the epilogue of the anthology of the publishing house Spektrum with the title “Quantum Philosophy” a remarkable paragraph with the heading “Zur Philosophie der Quantentheorie”.
He refers to the intrusion of subjectivity into objective reality, which produced an interpretive shock in mainstream science at that time until today.
Moreover, von Weizsäcker asks “to what extent subjectivity, that is, our soul and consciousness, could be the object of knowledge of the kind of quantum theory.” (emphasis by von Weizsäcker)
He then states later in his article, “[There] is nothing in the way of applying it (quantum theory) to mental and conscious processes.” Mental principles are not provable by natural science and therefore belong to the category of “philosophy”. This is how the term “quantum philosophy” came about.
Thus von Weizsäcker is the actual quantum philosopher.
DOES CREATION HAPPEN IN THE MIND?
How do you think consciousness and matter correlate, and how do you think we switch from mental to material processes?
Let’s take the everyday example of “I see a tree.” Already here a small “miracle” happens, if we define miracle as something inexplicable for science.
Quite explainable is the following cascade as sketched in the picture: Some non-absorbed electromagnetic light rays of the sun excite the electrons of the leaves, branches and bark of the tree. These excited electrons fall back to a basic energetic level in between and emit the previously exciting electromagnetic radiation again. We call this reflection. All the radiation mixes together to form a complicated interference field. This radiation then hits the retina with electromagnetic-energetic sensitive receptors of our visual apparatus. This is followed by a variety of mechanical and electrical activity at nerve cell membranes within our brain. The brain is full of electrical storm during the day. However, there is not the slightest sign of a tree far and wide in the brain tissue. It is nowhere measurable as a form and structure and scientifically the tree does not exist.
The image of the tree arises nevertheless simply in such a way. It is a pure creative achievement of the mind by giving sense and meaning.
Much for it had to solidify over learning processes.
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THE RELATION OF SCIENCE TO THE PARANORMAL
If there is supposed to be so much evidence that paranormal phenomena, which sound completely crazy when measured against so-called common sense, actually exist, why does science take so little notice of them?
I ask myself the same question. For example, the “Global Consciousness Project,” according to which people’s feelings and sensations influence electrons, is scientifically well founded. But today, when a scientist deals with the paranormal, his reputation in the scientific community has always been at risk. Besides: Experiments cost money and this comes today almost only if results can be exploited economically. Paranormal is not one of them.
What examples of allegedly paranormal phenomena are there, which can be justified by the existence of an “interworld”?
First of all lucid dreams, which means that I can control dreams with consciousness and for example fly and scan the environment in real life (as by the way also with sleepwalking); then near-death experiences, where despite proven brain death everything can be heard and seen verifiably; finally also savants (island gifted) with an IQ of often only 40, who have enormous individual knowledge. Also telekinetic transfer of brain activity after joint meditation, where identical excitation in brain regions can be demonstrated in people sitting isolated at some distance, although only one person has received a stimulus.
Or telesomatics, which significantly causes a reduction in crime in urban regions after mass meditations.
Your worldview based on quantum physics is very much in line with statements of Far Eastern philosophies and religions. Is this coincidence?
An example: Already the Chinese Dao teachings, which were first summarized by the sage Laozi (604-531 B.C.) in the Daodeijing, distinguish three levels of the worlds: This world, called You, and nothingness and non-being, called Wu, stand as the opposite pole to each other. Wu corresponds to the emptiness, which we have described above as mass emptiness, i.e. vacuum and the “sea of all possibilities”. But then there is a mixed world – just the interworld – which mediates between the two opposite worlds. It is the “always and eternally giving birth Wuyou” (also called Taiji or Dadao).
Almost identical to this Chinese Dao is the “Philosophia” of the Greeks during the lifetime of Plato and Socrates. Also here the remembering of hidden things (anamnesis) is in the center. Highly interesting is the reference to the implementation of the “Philosophia”. According to Plato it is “the practice of dying” (meléte thanátou). What sounds confusing at the moment is indicated exactly right: relearning and remembering of hidden things means the interworld.
Sleep, dream, dying, and near-death are the opportunities for us to consciously get to know the interworld.
Through practice and exercise, we can eventually learn to seek out this world at will, and through will and thought, we can manipulate it so that it temporarily transforms our lives into paradisiacal states. However, therein lies the danger, which is not to be underestimated, that we lose the connection to the everyday world!
Up to now religion or spirituality and science are still considered predominantly as opposition. What is your attitude to this? And do you think this relationship will develop in the future?
I am convinced – it is already indicated – that science without spirituality (the doctrine of the spirit) does not progress. Einstein has already postulated this.
About the author: Ulrich Warnke
Dr. rer. nat., born 1945, studied biology, physics, geography and education. As a lecturer at Saarland University for many years, he held teaching positions in biomedicine, biophysics, environmental medicine, physiological psychology and psychosomatics, preventive biology and bionics. Since 1989, he has headed the Technical Biomedicine Working Group. He is a founding member of the Society for Technical Biology and Bionics e. V. He retired in 2010 and continues to be a sought-after speaker.
This article has also been published on the German Website: Quantenphilosophie