A quantum physics analogy to quantum emotions.

 

Physicists talk about quantum physics, quantum mechanics, quantum entanglement, quantum computing but what if we could, by analogy, apply the quantum physics theory to our mind and talk about quantum emotions? What if a quantum emotion theory could explain how to get out of depression and into experiencing happiness?

Here is how we can get from quantum physics to happiness:

What is Quantum Physics?

“An example of quantum physics is a quantum particle that is in a state of superposition such that it occupies multiple locations at the same time. If we chose to measure exactly where the particle is at a specific moment, the several probabilities of location collapse and we only see the one location we are measuring at that time,” says Alan Chodos, research professor of physics at the University of Texas, Arlington.

This example underscores two important principles of quantum physics: Objects can be in many places at once but stop being in many places the instant you try to observe the quantum object.

Another example of quantum physics, more difficult to understand, is Schrödinger’s cat, which can be simultaneously both alive and dead depending on the subatomic succession of events that may or may not happen.

Now instead of applying the quantum theory to a particle or a cat, let’s do a thought experiment and apply the quantum theory to our mind.

Originally Published on Psychology Today

© Dr. Chris Gilbert, MD, PhD

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