Here we go again. Is there no end to this?
In the annals of pseudo-science, the word ‘quantum’ will go down in history as a god-send. This is the word which launched a thousand scams, and allowed the delusional and the deceptive to babble their way into the wallets and minds of millions. I’ve already pointed this out ad nauseam, so I’m not even going to link to earlier articles, but if you’re interested, just search for ‘quantum’ at rationalbrain.
Here’s yet another more current example – Quantum Jumping.
I’ve provided the link, but please don’t subscribe to anything – just browse for amusement. This site has couple of things going for it.
1. It’s a reasonably slick site, as opposed to the plain text mumbo jumbo one often sees. It certainly has the feel of a well constructed, corporate scam, in contrast to the ‘true believer’ style of thing.
2. It actually utilises our magic word in a semi-legitimate way – relying on the ‘many worlds’ interpretation of quantum mechnanics. This interpretation suggests that multiple universes exist side by side, and that our choices from instant to instant ‘select’ which universe we inhabit. This is an extension of the well established fact that sub-atomic particles can exist in multiple states at once (known as superposition), and that the act of measurement selects one of these states to become reality (known as ‘collapsing the wave function’). This is so well established that we are now able to build quantum computers which take advantage of this phenomenon to carry out complex parallel calculations.
Where this site departs from science and becomes a scam is by using this interpretation as the gateway to self improvement and getting everything in life you ever wanted. I suppose the idea is that you can seek out and ‘select’ that universe in which you are the person you aspire to be, or more prosaically, have that 100 inch 3D TV you covet.
Our new modern quantum guru, a Mr. Burt Goldman, tells us that:
This jaw-dropping discovery was first made when, trying to pinpoint the exact location of an atomic particle, physicists found it was virtually impossible. It had no single location. In other words, atomic particles have the ability to simultaneously exist in more than one place at a time.The only explanation for this is that particles don’t only exist in our universe—They can spark into existence in an infinite number of parallel universes as well. And although these particles come to being and change in synchronicity, they are all slightly different.
Well, almost. It doesn’t really imply that ‘atomic particles have the ability to simultaneously exist in more than one place at a time‘. As I said, they can exist in multiple ‘states’ at once, but not multiple locations. It is true that we don’t know the exact location and so the particle has the potential to exist in multiple places, but that’s just a probability thing. But this ends when we actually measure the position of the thing. The quote demonstrates a mis-understanding (at best), or simply twisting things to suit the desired outcome. In fact this paragraph only gives the slightest nod to the reality of quantum mechanics. He goes on to say:
But here’s where things get really interesting. Drawing on the above-mentioned scientific theory and merging it with 59 years of study into mysticism and the human mind, Burt Goldman has hypothesized a fascinating idea:
In these alternate universes, alternate versions of YOUcould be living out their lives.
U-Oh. Take one part quantum, and one part 59 years of mysticism, and hey presto, more crap.
And with an infinite number of them, it means that anything that can happen, does happen—in another universe. If this hypothesis is true, there is a universe where Obama never won the election and another where Princess Diana is still alive. There is a universe where you are the King of Scotland and a universe where you are a tea farmer in China. A universe where you are a celebrity musician, and one where you busk on a pavement for spare change.
Yes, we get the idea. And I’m the Shah of Iran.
So how do parallel universes come to be? How, if you are born in this universe, are there now an infinite number of dimensions where you could exist simultaneously? The theory is simple:
Every decision you make in life causes a “split” in reality…
Which in turn creates two alternate universes—one where the current version of you is today, and another with the version of you who made a different choice. Now think about your life. Think about all the decisions you’ve made that led to who you are today. If all these decisions caused a split in your reality, each time creating a new version of yourself in a parallel universe who also goes on to make a certain set of choices thereby splitting their reality, you can begin to imagine the infinite versions of yourself that exist.Now imagine what you could accomplish if you could somehow tap into these alternate universes to meet and learn from these alternate versions of yourself. Imagine the wisdom you’d learn. The opportunities you’d recognize, the skills you’d acquire, and the pitfalls you’d know to avoid.
By meeting these alternate selves, you’d essentially be tapping into a sea of knowledge and experience. But how, might you be asking, does one access these alternate realities? That’s where Quantum Jumping comes in.
Ok, so now it’s the appeal to ‘getting something for nothing’. The unstated assumption, is that these ‘other selves’ are wiser than the selves in this reality. Anyhow, so I’m sold. How do I start quantum jumping (or ‘q. jumping’ for short – kind of appropriate really).
German physicist and one of the founding fathers of Quantum Theory, Max Planck, said that “all matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particles of an atom to vibration which holds the atom together. We must assume behind this force is the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.“
In other words, the substance of the universe, of your reality, may be nothing more than consciousness or thought. Consciousness forms the building blocks of the universe and everywhere that consciousness explores, with the expectation that something will be there, it also creates. If Quantum Theory is correct, it implies that to change your current reality, all you need to do is change the frequency of your thoughts.
While Max Planck is one of the giants of 20th century physics, and the quote seems correctly attributed (according to wikipedia at least), this is a clear example of quote mining. As far as we know, Planck only said this. There were never any theories, proofs or evidence of even any research into the matter. It was his speculation. Even if we accept that his speculation is somehow valid, how does the 2nd para even follow? It is just choc-a-bloc full of science babble leading to an unsupported conclusion – that I can start q. jumping by changing the frequency of my thoughts.
Oh, please. Again with the frequency thing? This word is only second to ‘quantum’ for misappropriation by pseudo-science and scam artists. Do they even know what it means, and how stupid it sounds? It’s a bit like your car mechanic telling you that your car was running poorly because the sponge cake didn’t rise.
The site tells us that Burt used the technique to become a painter and photographer. We even have a testimonial by a Stan Walters from (sadly) Australia, who tells us that he visited alternate selves for advice in public speaking and writing. Good to see they’re using their powers for good and not evil. Call me a cynic, but why is it that people never do such things to address issues like world poverty or climate change? It’s all me, me, me. I don’t think the pioneers of quantum physics would have approved at all.
It also strikes me that if there are an infinite number of universes and people in them know how to q. jump, then we should all have been visited by our alternate selves from a less optimal universe, in order to learn from us something important that we’re good at, like, ah, oh, cooking the perfect roast perhaps? Or devising new and ingenious ways to scam other peoples’ alternate selves.
And let’s hope that the alternate reality you’ve just visited isn’t rampant with ebola virus, or a zombie epidemic. You never know what you might bring back.
This is just another ‘Secret’ in disguise. Pay your money to these guys, but I promise the message you receive will be: “Make good choices and your life will be better”.