In a previous post, I analyzed synchronicity, aka “principle of acausal connection,” a principle proposed by the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung and adapted by Deepak Chopra as a catalyst for quantum non-locality: acausal means no cause, and since cause must take place at a point in space and an instant in time, its absence means the absence of locality or non-locality.
There is indeed a phenomenon in quantum mechanics (QM) called non-locality, which is related to the so-called “Bell’s inequality.” I will elaborate on quantum non-locality in a future post. But now I want to examine the nature and limitation of QM itself. This is important because QM has been widely misrepresented, not just by mystics, but also – after a huge philosophical leap – by great physicists, even those who discovered it.
What exactly is quantum theory?
Quantum theory was developed to explain the behavior of atoms and subatomic particles, where classical Newtonian physics failed miserably. Two crucial steps in this development were taken by Max Planck in 1900 and Louis de Broglie in 1923. Planck showed that in order to explain the emission of light by glowing hot objects, one has to assume that light is made up of quanta (later clarified by Einstein to be just particles). In the process of this discovery, for which he won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918, Planck stumbled upon a fundamental constant of nature, now appropriately called the Planck constant and denoted by h. Its value in scientific units is 0.0000000000000000000000000000000006626 (33 zeros).