The Quantum Self


“Faith” is a fine invention When Gentlemen can see, But Microscopes are prudent In an Emergency.” — Emily Dickinson


A variety of social, psychological and theological disciplines attempt to describe human nature and/or the fundamental consciousness of individuals.

In these next few blogs, as I struggle to find alternative ways to describe The Many Faces We Live and the importance of knowing our internal selves, I will address this topic from features as seen through the lens of quantum physics. In particular, insights gleaned from the work of The Quantum Self by Danah Zohar.

First, however, a disclaimer; it’s not so much that I understand quantum physics-are you kidding me-as it is that I sort of intuit some of its overall purposed landscape.

For example, in describing matter, some theories in quantum physics, point to the wave-particle duality, which states, “…that both the wavelike and the particlelike aspects of being must be considered when trying to understand the nature of things…”[1]

It is in the understanding of duality that can lead us to the most basic knowledge of a person or thing. It’s in the quantum stuff (the smallest unit of energy which comprises a person or thing), that must be considered to understand a thing/person.

I liken this understanding to the individual; we are both a single unit of a ‘self’ and are many ‘selves’ simultaneously, hence, the many faces we live.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Wave–particle duality, check out this fun interesting and comprehensive cartoon as an introduction to Quantum Mechanics.  Dr. Fred Wolf and/or Dr. Quantum: Wave particle duality and the observer!


[1] Zohar, Danah. The Quantum Self. Human Nature and Consciousness Defined by the New Physics. Quill/William Morrow, New York. 1990

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  1. what a great E. Dickinson quote and a great topic!!!!!!!!!!!!

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