Consciousness Causes Collapse Part 2: Telepathic Entanglement

This continues the thought processes of my previous post, and continues to draw on inspiration from Dr. Amit Goswami (Netflix).

So if consciousness itself chooses the eventual states of quantum systems, maybe we can choose the states of all sorts of systems around us, including those in, say, another person’s brain. Even the subtlest of differences in the position of subatomic particles in neurons will affect their behavior. Now I’m not suggesting that we can just change someone’s mind all of a sudden—just that given a variety of ways their thought process could go, perhaps we can choose the one that makes the most sense to us.

Goswami describes an incredible experiment to illustrate this possibility. Two people meditate together for 20 minutes with the intent of achieving “direct communication.” Then they are placed in separate Faraday chambers, rooms impervious to all known forms of communication, and told to maintain their connection. Subject A has lights flashed in its eyes. Subject B is monitored by an EEG machine, and its readings correspond to the light flashes shown to Subject A.

The correct conclusion is, WHAT?!?!?!

Now, the experiment has apparently been repeated in different laboratories, but I haven’t been able to find any complete published texts. I also know far too little about statistics to understand how significantly the EEG of B correlate with the flashes shown to A. But the implication here is that we possess a form of telepathic communication that modern science cannot explain. What could this be?

Well if we return to quantum theory, consider the notion of quantum entanglement. Here, imagine you have particles A and B. They could be across the room from each other, or across the universe (ahem). When particle A is observed and it collapses into a definite state (e.g. clockwise spin), particle B, when measured, will always have a corresponding state (counterclockwise spin). The weirdness here is that the “information” about the way A collapsed somehow instantaneously informs the collapsed state of B. The information can travel faster than the speed of light—faster than, we thought, the fastest thing out there.

So, if particles can become entangled and act the same way over arbitrary distances through some unknown mechanism, and human brains can communicate over arbitrary distances though some unknown mechanism, maybe that mechanism is one and the same: Consciousness!

~ by Grant on June 22, 2012.

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