Embrace the Uncertainty

A couple of weeks ago while browsing on NetGalley I came across The Possibility Principle:  How Quantum Physics Can Improve the Way You Think, Live, and Love by Mel Schwartz.

I became intrigued by this title. Is there a relevance between quantum mechanics and psychotherapy? And how quantum mechanics can help us reach our full potential? I felt there was something interesting there. I asked for it and I spend the next two days reading it.  It totally surprised me.

After a panic attack the psychotherapist Mel Schwartz sits in his desk and starts reading a popular science book about quantum physics. Not only he immersed himself in understanding the science behind the quantum physics, but he started thinking how it might affect us on personal level.

The current worldview is based on classical Newtonian mechanics.  It is a deterministic world model which presupposes the prediction of late state if all the parameters describing a previous state in the system are known.  But it becomes very difficult to fit complicated phenomena, such as the human behaviour in this simplistic cause and effect model. ‘Through this filter’ says Mel Schwartz, ‘we experience a vast array of struggle and malaise, anxiety, depression, failed relationships, incoherent communication and the gloom of existential despair.’

Embracing uncertainty can empower us, argues Schwartz.  It isa state called “entanglement” or “spooky actions at a distance”, as Albert Einstein called it rather dismissively.  Entanglement is part of the quantum mechanics, the branch of physics that describes the way the world works at the level of atoms and other smaller particles. Quantum mechanics says that at these very tiny scales, some properties of particles are based entirely on probability. In other words, nothing is certain until it happens.

It is a mind-altering reality that defies our common sense approach to cause and effect. It necessitates a radical reconsideration of the way we envision reality, it becomes more fluid and open, less structured and limited. In the mechanistic model of mind, it is s very hard to preserve free will, because classical physics presumes that once all the initial coordinates of a system are known, final coordinates can be determined. The quantum mechanical model of mind can allow the possibility of freedom of will, can enable us to become the masters of our lives.

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Disclaimer: Maquina Lectora received  a free digitised copy from the publisher via NetGalley. No other compensation was received for this review.