Informing this story is a radical idea—that human beings may really be quantum systems. As Alexander Wendt puts it:
the hypothesis that the mind is quantum solves a number of long-standing philosophical problems in one stroke, which I argue makes it “too elegant not to be true”.
However, before you switch off and stop reading, it’s enough to say this would mean there’s a physical base for connections between us. That is many subjective and social structures we believe to exist, but can’t measure with instruments or see with our eyes, are real.
That’s important as we privilege the physical world. Moreover, we tend to believe we compete for the survival of the fittest (Festina’s quote at the start of this post).
However, that simple explanation has lots of anomalies. Start looking and humans don’t only behave this way. We cooperate. We love. We’re altruistic. We succeed better in groups than individually. We go mad, usually, if we’re totally isolated.
This challenges commonly held beliefs. That’s not unusual and does not mean it is wrong. It used to be a common belief that the world was flat, that the earth was at the centre of the universe. Galileo championed changing the centre of the universe one.
Similarly, quantum mechanics changed physics as there were multiple anomalies that simply could not be explained. Alexander Wendt (and others) argue a similar step shift is appropriate now for understanding ourselves and our society. See Alexander here>, Brent Cooper’s medium post here> and Karen O’Brien on Climate quantum leaps here>.
You’ll find a practical explanation of the importance of such quantum changes, and imagination, in the introduction to Our entangled future here>
For background on the importance of such shifts see Lights action synergy here> and Transformation posts here>
See Elegant attraction: our emerging universe here> for a wonderfully coherent talk (video and transcript) on what emerges from such connective, attractive forces.