Quantum Polarity and Quantum Mechanics

"East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet."
– Rudyard Kipling, "The Ballad of East and West"

In the world of physics, Newton had reality all sewn up. Everything was logical, coherent and made sense. Then Einstein came along and turned Newton's world upside down by bending space and making time flexible. Just as what happened earlier with Kepler and Copernicus denying that the earth was flat, reality again became something remote from our senses. Einstein dealt largely with cosmological concerns such as time, space, energy, and gravitation, mostly at the outer edge of our sensory world. At the inner edge of this world – the realm of atomic physics – other non-sensical discoveries were also taking place in the last century. In an effort to deal with these, Quantum Mechanics was developed, which took us even further down the non-sensical path. Matter had already been discoved to be largely empty space, but now the particles that were in that space were no longer just particles. They are now also waves, a movement of the electro-magnetic field.

As if this contradiction were not enough, other claims about matter or reality turned out to be not only non-sensical but also illogical. For example at a certain time and place, an elementary particle was both there and not there at the same time. This came to be known as the "Schrödinger's Cat" phenomenon, in which the cat could be both alive and dead at the same time.

The world of physics has forced us to embrace a larger world than what our senses offer us. I imagine it was difficult at the time for people to accept that the world was not flat. But eventually they came to remove themselves from that "box" and place themselves in a larger box whereby they could see with their mind's eye or imagination that the earth was a sphere so large that its flatness was an illusion.

But the terms "large" and "illusion" are relative to the inner stance of the observer. From an objective stance the perspective is certainly larger in terms of size, but there is a quantum difference between this and an inner or subjective perspective. In discarding or labelling the human perspective as an illusion, the scientific view has eliminated that perspective, and is thereby less comprehensive, i.e. not larger.

But a flat earth and a spherical earth cannot be reconciled rationally or objectively, and if objective truth is the foundation for determining reality, this cancels out the perspective of myself being the center of the world I perceive. The objective perspective can expand my awareness by offering me a different one, this enables me to grow. But if I am also forced to choose between them, saying one is more valid or true than the other, all I will do is exchange one for the other and I will be no better off. What I will have lost is a sense of myself in the material world.

Quantum Polarity shares with Quantum Mechanics in dealing with paradoxes, contradiction and aiming for a more comprehensive understanding of the world. But Quantum Polarity goes further than this to include the goal of "making sense of" the non-sensical. This path to non-sense could lead us, like Alice, to Wonderland, but if we can bridge this gap – or perhaps better, "abyss" – between sense and non-sense, we will not get stuck in either. Quantum Polarity helps us to build that bridge and empowers us to leave the "box" we're in at will.

Our notion of reality so far has largely been limited to the so-called "outer" world. Quantum Polarity expands that to also include the so-called "inner" world as well. This "inner" world has heretofore in our objective age been considered to be merely "subjective", and has been relegated to a place of dubious significance. Only the "outer" or "sensory" world has been called "objective", and thus more real or reliable. In the future "inner" and "outer" will no longer be useful terms because this concept uses space as a reference point. In our post-Einstein world we have gone well beyond the idea of using space as a reliable reference point. Also the time will come when the terms "objective" and "subjective" will only apply to our previously limited view of the world.

But Quantum Polarity does not leave us with no reference point at all, as many now do with Quantum Mechanics. They say that everything we experience with our senses is merely a projection of our consciousness. In other words, there is no real or "objective" "out there" at all. It is all put there by our conscousness and this idea is made popular in the media with books and movies such as "The Secret". There is no doubt some truth to this, but since we now base our understanding on simple polarity, this truth is automatically taken to the extreme or as an absolute, and we are ultimately left in confusion – and with another illusion.

By expanding our understanding of the world again, Quantum Polarity takes us out of this box and also comes to terms with the contradictions inherent within Quantum Mechanics itself. It does not claim to do away with boxes altogether, since thinking is a part of who we are. But its box does embrace a larger world as well as making it simpler and more coherent. It does this by coming to terms not just with what we call "reality," but by coming to better understand our process of understanding.

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