Philosophy Of The Cosmos - An Interesting Take On Q M
Some deep stuff you should seriously ponder!

Hey all,
I am glad this was brought up, because this was what made me interested in the first place. About how Quantum Theory works, or at least what it means.
I wouldn't necessarily say that this 'Jesus' looking guy, is particularly convincing. At least to me, he reminds me of a 'spiritual Marijuana consumer' and takes any seriousness of the topic.
However, these kind of idea's are being explored in books/documentaries, such as 'What the Bleep Do We Know?!' and 'The Secret'.
As far as I understood it, is that we create our own world or universe. So, the idea is, if you surround yourself with negative energy (through anger, hate etc.), then the 'universe' will reflect this energy back to you. Similarly, with positive energy. Therefore, the idea is that the Universe opens up to someone who directs their thoughts and feelings towards their dreams and desires. (More or less the practice of wishful thinking, or may be not?)
The way Quantum Theory fits in with all this, is through the interaction of the particles, which suppose to be affected by our thoughts. To make this more plausible, if you want something strong enough and put all your energy into it (thought), then the 'particles' suppose to be affected and reflecting the same kind back to you. So the idea is, that the wish in a sense becomes true.
To be perfectly frank, I am not sure how that actually works.
But, if we would assume that we could be able to direct our 'own' universe (a universe more related to our mind rather than the physical world) depending on the thought alone. Would that then not mean that we might live in a dream world? A world, purely based on our imagination? How do you then define reality, if our consciousness is so extremely linked to a world that seems to be within our minds?
Or is our mind (if such a thing exists in the first place) connected not only to our physical being, but also to our physical surroundings and everything else in the universe through 'particles', or at least their interaction? Or to make it simpler, can thought affect particles that surround us?
This seem rather sci-fi like, but I actually find this very intriguing. However, I don't think that scientific evidence exists (if you have any, please feel free to enlighten me), which makes this rather a philosophical journey into reality and in a sense into the meaning of all (live and universe).
Jason, will parts of this more 'religious' aspect of Quantum Theory being mentioned in the Lectures? Or is this a rather ignored part of quantum theory within a scientific community?
There are a lot of parts to your question. Let's see.
(1) I've already discussed the idea that the world might be subjective, right? And I'll be saying more about that in relation to quantum theory.
(2) "can thought affect particles that surround us?" — Well yes, of course. Pretty much nobody denies that. E.g., you decide to move your arm, then your arm moves, and your arm is made of particles. But maybe you didn't mean something that simple.
Apart from those two things, I don't think these "religious" ideas have anything to do with quantum theory. One thing I'm going to be talking about a lot, this week and next week, is what's NOT in quantum theory.
As for what people take seriously, nobody in research takes things like "The Secret" seriously. There are lots of other religious topics that university people DO take seriously (at least, university theologians do). But they tend not to have anything to do with physics. So we won't be talking about theology much in this course.
I hope that makes sense. It's not quite a "no", but maybe it's closer to a "no" than to a "yes"!
If what I've said doesn't make sense, please be patient and wait until the end of next week (the end of April). That's how long it will take me to say everything I want to say in lectures about quantum theory.

So quantum theory has nothing to do with religious views and the Secret. Makes sense. But what about quantum theory and the mind-body problem … will you be discussing this? Is it simply a matter of whether you involve observers as causing the collapse of the wave packet (Wigner's interpretation)? Or is there some more to it in terms of minds?
ps. He does look a lot like Jesus hey Leonidas!
Sam, 4671172
Yes, we'll be doing Wigner's interpretation.

Hey there,
The point (2) was more related to the idea if our mind can influence particles that are not part of our physical being. However, I was more referring to the metaphysical aspect of Quantum Theory (but as you mentioned, it has more to do with Religion then with what we are doing). So I wont bug on about this, especially with the lectures coming up.
P.S. Certainly something like the Secret is more related to Esoteric ideologies then physics, so I wasn't hoping for a serious judgement. Thanks though!
Thanks, Leonidas. I wish we had time to talk more about religion!