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Scientists and practitioners of acts beyond the physical world of sensory experience such as prophets, psychics or faith healers have been seen from two dimensional levels by analysts of science and faith. In a recent publication by Dr. John Nwanegbo-Ben, he tried to reconcile these by drawing attention to the uncertainty principle which is the main theory in the physical science of quantum mechanics. He posited that though quantum mechanics explains the universe at atomic and sub-atomic levels, but it exhibits uncertainties observed in the results of religious circles or assumed feats of paranormal experts. He argued that ESP phenomena such as psychokinesis and telepathic feats have been performed by many individuals but the force or energy behind it had remained unknown and unquantifiable. His positions is that the mind is simply man at the sub-atomic level whose operational modalities cannot be measured and fully comprehended because it exhibits uncertainties observed in Quantum theory.
Ben reminded his audience that uncertainties or imprecisions always turned up if one tried to measure the position and the momentum of a particle at the same time and that these uncertainties or imprecisions in the measurements are not the fault of the experimenter, but fundamental in nature inherent in Quantum physics. Heisenberg wrote in 1927 in Copenhagen saying “can nature possibly be as absurd as it seemed to us in these atomic experiments?”
Courtesy: Joan Solomon.
The structure of matter
Dr. Ben further opined that just as the Copenhagen’s interpretation revealed that energy is wave, so are the thoughts and perceptions of both scientists, psychics, faith healers etc determine what will manifest, either waves or particles and they respond based on individual thoughts. By implication, he emphasized that the mode of thought or belief of the scientists, faith healer or psychics determine the result of their research.
Furthermore, he brought to light the concept of magnetic memory as responsible for the interconnectedness of things in the universe. He saw magnetic memory as being responsible for the possibility of telepathy, psychokinesis and other psychics or extra sensory perceptions. All theses he conjectured was because thought can be transmuted as particles of matter or in form of wave. Quantum physics tells us that it is the act of observing an object (events, condition and circumstances) that causes it to be there and the outcome is based only on how we observe it.
Dr. John Nwanegbo-Ben is a senior Lecturer at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri.Nigeria
A paper about the study appeared recently in International Journal of Philosophy.