Quantum Memory – Here and Not Here

binary code goes quantumThe headline is, Quantum memory ‘world record’ smashed. At first glance, that may seem interesting but not apply to paranormal research.

Think deeper.

Here’s the line that made me pay closer attention to this report:

But in a quantum system, “qubits” are stored in a so-called “superposition state” in which they can be both 1s and 0 at the same time – enabling them to perform multiple calculations simultaneously. (Emphasis added.)

When we’re ghost hunting, psychics (and others) often talk about ghosts being “here and not here.”  It’s how some people perceive the energy we often call ghostly.  It’s there, sort of… but it’s also not really there.  Trying to explain that can be challenging.

(We also talk about faeries in the “betweens” and the early Irish described the Tuatha De Danann as “gods and not gods.” All of them might reference the superposition state of entities that are both in our world and not in it.)

But, this quantum computing breakthrough — at room temperature — may apply to other aspects of ghost hunting, and other branches of paranormal research.

It could explain why one researcher held the Ovilus at the Salem Inn (in 2009) and nothing much happened.

About 30 minutes alter, when he handed that Ovilus to me, it immediately started chatting.

This could explain why some researchers photograph orbs, note EMF spikes, or hear (or see) things while others at the same location (at the same time), don’t.

The fact that the quantum concept involves memory… Well, though we’re talking about different kinds of “memory,” this might eventually apply to residual energy hauntings. What if that energy doesn’t dissipate within the context our our world? Maybe what we perceive is the gradual (and sometimes intentional) movement of that energy from “here to there,” wherever “there” is, in another world or reality.

That’s going far out on a limb. The semantics of this report triggered that “what if” thought.

Of course, while this is fun to think about, it’s also highly speculative. We’re a long way from being able to demonstrate any answers like this, consistently, though that is a goal.

One of the big questions has been the role of the observer, and how to insulate investigations so the observer factor can be studied.  Until now, quantum reports were encouraging, but not this dramatic.

You see, I’m pretty sure the 39 minutes in this test had to be observed.  As I see it, that’s the only way results can be recorded.  (It’s that old, “if a tree falls in the forest and no one’s there…” challenge.)

To take the superposition state from just three minutes (and in cryogenic conditions) to 39 minutes at room temperature… that’s an amazing leap.

This breakthrough also opens the door to think about paranormal encounters in fresh — and surprisingly possible — contexts.

Photo credit: Binary illustration by Flavio Takemoto.

The Role of the Observer

In quantum studies, the role of the observer is a key part of how we perceive reality.

In paranormal research, including ghost investigations, it’s important to consider how much the observer impacts the findings.

headphones on someone listeningSpecifically, I’m thinking about people who — using the same camera (not just one like it) or listening to the same EVP recording — get much better results than others do.

In the case of EVP results, is the recording affected by the first person who listens to it, or the first person who listens to it and hears something?

I’m not talking about the power of suggestion. That is, when everyone suddenly hears the voice saying, “Get out,” once they’ve been told that’s the most likely phrase.

Instead, I’m speculating about the recordings that one person hears and says, “Nope, nothing.”

Then — double-checking the results — a second person hears something clearly. This is an even more important question if everyone (including the first listener) suddenly hears the EVP clearly.

This is entirely speculation, but it’s worth considering. We can’t rule anything out, as we’re exploring paranormal phenomena.

Quantum Studies – Gooey and Prickly

Prism and spectrumQuantum science is difficult to discuss without delving deeply into terminology best suited to a Ph.D. program. That’s why I like the terms and phrases created by Fred Alan Wolf.

Specifically, I like to use terms like “gooey” (i.e., in the realm of possibilities, the substance with which we create realities) and “prickly” (i.e., the things we create with the gooey stuff, at least for our own observation).

The following video includes some of the interviews with Dr. Wolf. It’s from the movie, “What the Bleep…?” Quantum Edition, a DVD set that I consider a must-own if you’re involved in this level of research.

In the video below, Dr. Wolf’s summary of the God concept is open to individual spiritual interpretation (or rejection). However, I believe that the gooey-to-prickly-to-gooey concept is key to understanding our unique personal experiences when we’re studying paranormal phenomena.

One important question in our research is: Who’s creating what we perceive as prickly?

As I see it, the possibilities include:

  • We create our own experiences.
  • An entity is creating the experience.
  • An entity is influencing how we perceive the experience.
  • The entity is co-creating the experience with us, particularly when it’s a psychic/emotional encounter.
  • The prickly stuff exists in a parallel realm, and we’re simply able to perceive it from our world, with varying degrees of belief that it’s actually in our world.
  • There is nothing gooey, and reality is uniform; the variables extend only to how our personal contexts affect our perceptions of all reality, including the experience in question.

I’m sure there are other possibilities, and I’d like to hear your opinions. Please share your comments on the gooey and prickly concepts, below.