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K so if you haven't had a chance to look into the basics of how the discoveries of quantum physics are game-changers in terms of understanding this reality we live in, then you're in for a treat! This page is gonna assume a basic understanding of stuff like the double slit experiment, non-locality, and entanglement. If you wanna get caught up on what the deal is, I think What the Bleep Do We Know is one of the most fun and easily-understandable intros:
Now that we know that mind directly impacts matter, that time and space aren't are fixed and separable as we may think, and that everything is very literally connected to everything else, it opens up a deeper level of inquiry.
What is it that causes the collapse of the probability wave function (basically matter exists in potential form - wave form - until it is observed, at which point the wave collapses into an actual particle locatable in spacetime)?
Not until Descartes did we separate mind and matter the way we do, and like Newton, Descartes was not advocating for what the end result of this perspective would be. How could he when he got these insights from a dream of an angel on the battlefield, who told him that the answer is to be found in the study of number and nature?!1 Before Descartes, in the Middle Ages, people used to believe that mind and matter were inter-related, and that life and nature were allegorical - symbolic and metaphoric, pointing to higher realities.
So these principles that are now being rediscovered in quantum physics are historically informed, and Biblical thinkers such as Origen had posited similar theories eighteen centuries ago, would thought that matter is “the unqualified receptacle of all qualities, a mere potentiality for existence in contradistinction to essence, of which nothing can be predicted until it is actualized as determinate being.”2
This emphasis on consciousness leads us to our next field of exploration, psi research, as scholars like Amos Yong of Fuller Theological Seminary suggest that psychic experiences are effects of the percipient's consciousness similar to the collapse of the probability wave function in quantum physics, and that physics provides “an ontological context for psi events.” 3
I'll add more later or if you guys ask for it.
2. Edwards, Mark J., "Origen", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2014 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), accessed 2/2/2018, https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/spr2014/entries/origen
3. Yong, Amos, The Spirit of Creation: Modern Science and Divine Action in the Pentecostal-Charismatic Imagination, (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdman’s Publishing Co), 2011, 189