Friday, February 24, 2012

#55 / Quantum Jumping

The impulse to escape from the "fighting line" to which we are absolutely condemned by the nature of our existence is very strong. As Kafka's parable makes clear, we all hope and dream that we can find some way to jump free, and to find a way out.

I have come across a modern concept: quantum jumping:

What if science fiction became science?

Since the 1920’s, quantum physicists have been trying to make sense of an uncomfortable and startling possibility—that an infinite number of alternate universes exist.

Leading scientists like Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku and Neil Turok, all of whom are responsible for life-changing breakthroughs in the field of quantum physics, have all suggested the existence of multiple universes.

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.

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 YOU could be living out their lives. 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.

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.

If this seems persuasive, you can buy instructional materials.

For my part, I’m sticking with Kafka. Much as I’d like to escape my fate, I think it’s my job to fight it out in the reality in which I live – and to create a better one.


  1. I think the interesting thing to do with the concept of quantum jumping is in the part about making decisions. If in some way it promoted becoming more mindful of and taking responsibility for our decisions, in effect this might change them, and we would be involved in a kind of reality jump after all!

  2. Well, of course, someone would try to make a buck off of multiple universes!

    There is, well, a universe of difference between quantum reality and Cartesian reality, the kind we experience everyday.

    While it is true that there are an infinite set if universes in the All That Is, it is also true that an infinite number of them cannot support existence as we know it, leaving, let's see: Infinity-infinity=(well, waddya know!) Infinity! So there are an infinite number of universes that can support existence as we know it. Hmmm...

    At the quantum level, things happen simultaneously, because time has little if any presence. Things happen at levels of probability rather than certainly. So an electron can have a high probability of being in two places at once... until it is observed. This is the weird part. When the electron is measured (speed, position, momentum, etc.), it's bubble of probability collapses and it takes physical reality (of sorts) in the universe in which it is measured.

    Still with me?

    The difference is that life does not exist at the quantum level, and therefore when we non-quantum critters make a decision, we do not split into two different universes. We merely continue in the same one as we did before the decision. Nice fodder for Sci Fi writers, but not much help in the Reality Department.

    At some point we have to come to grips with the reality that this is the only world we have to live in, nothing more, nothing less. No one gets out alive. There's nothing hanging around after we die.

    So we just might as well hitch up our pants and get on with it!

  3. Well, I'm not so sure about that. I read this interesting Scientific American article last year and I wonder if there is such a split between quantum reality and Cartesian reality as people have believed.

    I'm not a believer in quantum jumping, by the way--I just wonder if what we think we know is really all there is to know.

  4. I've been watching shows like History's The Universe, Discovery's Through The Wormhole, and NOVA's Fabric of the Cosmos. At the very basic level, the narrators attempt to explain that in parallel universes, there are possibly multiple versions of you, me, and all things that we see.

    I think this has been the selling point of Quantum Jumping. Apparently, theories with simple explanations are marketable.


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