Peeping into the world of sub-atomic particles of matter is like Alice going into Wonderland, where everything is not what it’s supposed to be, where the bizarre becomes ordinary, and the ordinary bizarre!
Somehow, Lewis Carroll, the author of “Alice in Wonderland,” must have anticipated the discoveries of quantum physics.
Subatomic particles of matter are what quantum physicists study and analyze. But as they dig deeper and deeper into such particles, the crazier their behavior becomes, defying every known law of Newtonian classical physics for reasons only subatomic particles know.
Nothing is certain
For example, in the material world, an object is either a particle or a wave. But in quantum physics, a particle can behave like a wave and like a particle.
Subatomic particles have a Jekyll and Hyde personality. This fact was discovered about a hundred years ago, but which took a long time for physicists to accept.
In the world of particle or quantum physics, nothing can be absolutely certain.
That was why the great Albert Einstein at first rejected the findings of quantum physicists, saying that “God does not play dice with the universe.”
But, apparently, God does play dice with the universe!
And this could explain a lot of paranormal and psychic phenomena, which could not be explained by the laws of classical physics.
For example, a subatomic particle can appear in two places at the same time.
This, to me, somehow explains the not-so-rare phenomenon of bilocation, or being seen in two places at the same time.
It can also explain the phenomenon of teleportation, i.e. being transported physically and immediately from one place to another, which could be impossible otherwise, without physical means.
In the quantum universe, a particle may disappear in one orbit, then appear in another orbit for no cause.
A particle can also affect the behavior of another particle which is far from it, without any visible connection between them. If a particle rotates in a clockwise manner, another particle away from it will behave in a clockwise manner and vice versa.
Influencing the behavior of an object or changing its shape without physical means is the very definition of telekinesis, or psychokinesis.
A subatomic particle can also move forward in time—faster than light, or backward, which is impossible under classical physics.
It seems that in the realm of the extremely small world of matter, everything normally considered to be impossible becomes possible.
And when physicists tried to find out what really constituted matter, what it was ultimately made of, they were shocked to find that 99.99999 percent of matter consisted of nothing!
So, what is the real nature of matter? What is it really made of? Nobody knows, because as scientists began to observe matter, they changed the nature of what was being observed. It became apparent that what they were observing were their own perceptions of matter and not matter itself.
Therefore, the great Danish physicist Niels Bohr (1885-1962) said, “Everything we consider to be real is made up of things which cannot be considered real.”
The English physicist Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington said that the “ultimate stuff of the universe is mind stuff,” or something to that effect.
To label the behavior of sub-atomic particles as crazy is really to describe them accurately. Nothing in this subatomic universe can be considered normal or rational.
Quantum physicists, therefore, will surely find nothing objectionable or strange in the statement of the great Indian guru and mystic Vivekananda.
“This world has no existence? What is meant by that? It means it has no absolute existence. It exists only in relation to my mind, to your mind, and to the mind of everyone else.
“We see this world with the five senses, but if we have another sense, we would see in it something more. If we had another sense, it would appear to us something still different.
“It has therefore no real existence; it has no unchangeable, immovable, infinite existence. Nor can it be called nonexistence, seeing that it exists, and we have to work in through it.” (Quoted by Dr. Lawrence Le Shan in his fascinating book, “The Medium, The Mystic and the Physicist”)
And to quote Danish Nobel prize awardee Niels Bohr: “If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.”