Elsa Franco Al Ghaslan
Wednesday 1 August 2012
Last Update 27 October 2012 1:47 pm
AN idea that has always intrigued, fascinated and — to a certain extent — scared me is the idea of space and time. Of course, not the space and time that we all know, i.e. I am “here” (at home), “now” (7:30 a.m.). The thought that bothers me is the fact that, according to scientists, space is created by matter (so, if there is no matter there is no space) and that time is created by space (so, if there is no space there is no time). If this is a “fact,” I should be able to understand it.
Understanding something logically, with the reasoning, is easy. The difficult part comes when you try to actually “perceive” it, imagine it, feel it. If you try to imagine a “non-space,” you probably see a void with nothing in it. Well, we are told that this perception is wrong because, apparently, also the “void” is a space that happens to be empty. I cannot figure it out. Can you? Can you envision “no-thing“? You and I are so proud of our minds, you and I believe that with our brains we can grasp anything but.... can we really?
Further more, if you are interested in actually knowing the reality you live in, i.e. the World and the Universe, you may be satisfied by just accepting the way they were described by Sir Isaac Newton first, and by Albert Einstein later. And it would be okay. They were both right. But if you are a curious person, someone who — whenever the possibility arises to go deeper into things — does not miss the chance, you might like to investigate some more the most recent research.
As you know, traditional physics says that reality is “matter.” Quantum mechanics says that it is not. It says it is a “possibility.” The laws that stand in the former, do not exist in the latter. On the perceivable plane you see matter as solid, liquid or gaseous, you find it in a specific place, and it can be experienced as “it is” (as “you see it“). In quantum physics you don’t see something that is there, but something that could be there or anywhere else, and only when you decide to observe or measure it, does it become something specific, does it have a precise form and is it located in a definite place. So, if this is the actual reality at an elementary (subatomic) level, how come that we see ourselves — and the world — as we are, physically solid and standing right here?
Some quantum physicists say that, although all possibilities exist, particles (quanta) — on their way up toward manifestation — collapse into only one “shape” (who we are), while the rest of them disappear. Others say that the remaining possibilities do not go away. They keep existing in parallel universes. Mind-blowing ideas, aren’t they? One physicist said that the beauty of science allows us to learn that reality goes beyond the Universe we see and branches out... we don’t know where (“yet,” I’d like to add). No one knows where pursuing the still unknown parts of subatomic world will lead. It will possibly go beyond our wildest imagination.
Believe it or not, in a (who knows how) distant future we, too, will be able to say, like my beloved character Star Trek’s Captain Kirk: “Beam me up, Scotty!” Experiments have already been carried out about teleportation, with positive results — although still at a quantum level. In conclusion, once you learn something about the quantum world, you will never be the same again.
Your mind will be eager to keep on expanding... Your traditional thinking and beliefs will be greatly challenged. It’s just like Creative, Positive Thinking.
Once you become aware that you can be whoever you choose to be, and shape your life accordingly, a “new you” is born. Your horizon will widen and you will grasp concepts that go well beyond the boundaries of your every-day world.
— Elsa Franco Al Ghaslan, a Saudi English instructor and published author (in Italy), is a long-time scholar of positive thinking.
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