Quantum Strangeness & Becoming Oneself

Our classical world is composed of mutually exclusive alternatives: Everything is either something or something else; it is a this or a that, though we may be unaware of these identities due to ignorance. A color is always either red or not red; two socks in a closed box are either a pair or not a pair whether we look inside or not. There is never a middle case in the classical world.

Quantum world, however, is quite different. Besides the two/many mutually exclusive alternatives everything in between too exists. A color is at once all colors until we pick one color by looking at it! A particle has no particular place until we force it to pick a place by measuring its place!

It turns out that mutually exclusive alternatives, our classical world, is only a small and often filtered portion of the underlying reality. Which reality we pick is determined by which reality we are inclined to pick, namely the reality that we desire.

The mutually exclusive alternatives of the classical world constitute a space of all possibilities existing at once, that is, a state of pure potentiality.

The logical principle that collapses in the quantum world is the principle of identity¬†which says “Everything is itself.” Not anymore: Everything is both itself and not-itself until we make it into something that it is. In the quantum realm this new peculiarity is translated into the indistinguishability of identical particles. Quantum particles don’t have a history any more; they don’t have a memory or identity. They can at once choose to turn out at the other corner of the universe without being subject to Einstein’s principles of relativity. In fact, entanglement is a consequence of particles lacking fixed identities: No two electrons can be distinguished in principle.

Identity is a construct that we ourselves carry on our shoulders; it has no substantial reality; it is just like a name we are attached to. For us to be our ideal person we only need to be it; that is it. Actions don’t make people; it is people who make actions.

Data and census don’t determine people’s behavior; it is people who determine data and census.

You should not think twice about what you want to be, its chances, whether it is possible or not, or what the data or others say. You determine data and others by what and who you choose to be. Then choose to be your own idol and hero.

You are what you consider yourself to be.

Non-Duality and Quantum Mechancis

Non-duality is an inevitable consequence of quantum theory. The philosophical expression of quantum mechanics is that the “thing-in-itself” is pure potentiality and is actualized only from outside itself by something other than itself.

Pure potentiality cannot actualize itself. The other actualizing agent may be a consciousness, an observation, measurement, or interaction with an environment.

Defining the totality as a quantum system, whether it be our universe alone or infinite universes, this totality by definition remains always and forever in pure potentiality, for there is nothing outside it in order to actualize it.

This means that our universe was never created; it is not: It is pure appearance and has no substantial reality.

In a state of pure potentiality nothing is preferred to another; there can be no distinctions; there is no duality in pure potentiality: If we accept the truth of quantum mechanics, then we have to accept that the underlying reality is essentially non-dual.