Quantum Entanglement

Dr. Douglas Baker 

August 2008

Anybody who is seriously involved in the research work that helps the scientific to unfold is confronted with the necessity to find credible, even living examples of the action of quantum physics in operation and especially where it applies to human psychology. Some of us have had unusual experiences, these often arising out of the horrifying conditions associated with war.  Personally, I lost a lot of friends killed in episodes like the fall of Tobruk and the battle of Alamein and had learnt to terminate the period of mourning for them and so was extremely surprised how, through the years, I have been deeply stirred by events shown on television relating to war experiences that involved those friends. I felt the sudden grief almost overwhelm me that many ex-servicemen have had elsewhere when confronted with such events.

Setting aside for the moment the possible causation as being vivid memory, there now comes to mind causation deeply embedded within quantum theory. I am referring here to ENTANGLEMENT. This is an impossible situation if we are confined to the world of Newtonian physics. Called non-locality by many investigating scientists, it is the phenomenon in which two entities are inexorably linked no matter how far away they are from each other. The same phenomenon can be demonstrated in laboratories not only with sub-atomic particles of the mineral kingdom but in particles of sentient beings.*

Albert Einstein bought public attention to quantum theory when he predicted that such entanglement would be discovered as an integral part of nature. The implication here is that entities, even human entities can become powerfully engaged in some common event as to share sub-atomic particles as small as photons; events like marriage and conjugal love, stressful incidents like threats of terror, tsunamis and even battles like that of El Alamein. No matter whether separated by distance or in time or even by death (through the Permanent atom) the entanglement remains. This would explain how ceremonial gatherings like Armistice Day concentrated at the Cenotaph, involving the bringing together of ex-servicemen who had shared war experiences can evoke such strong waves of grief not only in those present at the ceremony but in observers watching it on television.

Of course, there are other factors involved but most powerfully there stands out to my mind that we become entangled with people, places and with things when we observe them directly or when we share them more intimately. It was all bought home to me most recently when a member of my Ashram bought to me suddenly a communication which told me that my life-long friend and war buddy, also a survivor of Alamein had died. I am robust emotionally but broke down in tears not so much as a reaction to the news but as the result of some impelling, then unnamable cause which seemed to arise from my very roots and would demand expression that was appropriate to it.

* Dr. Baker has used 'entity' to mean something with a degree of consciousness (awareness) within it. See also the section on the seven postulates in Dr. Baker's book 'The Jewel in the Lotus'. 

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