While the Schrodinger equation offers an effective mathematical tool for depicting quantum events (empirical adequacy) scientists still don’t understand what is really going on in this fundamental realm of the micro-world.
The Schrodinger equation is a differential equation that departs from that of classical calculus since it straddles evolving states of “probability” waves. These probability waves express the weird condition of a quantum particle existing in an uncertain position, or rather, in many positions at once (called superposition).
Scientists are at odds as to whether these waves are physical or non-physical. Quantum waves certainly do not behave in classical ways because, left to themselves, they exist as mere potentials. This makes it quite challenging to form a mental or geometrical picture about the fundamental nature of reality!
So why would an 18th century scientist/theologian, Emanuel Swedenborg, be able to offer help for today’s quantum physicists? Swedenborg did indeed only work with classical differential and integral calculus. But he created a hierarchical system of fluxes (flows of force) that would allow differential equations to depict “jumps” between trajectories and boundary conditions that were distinct and had no finite relation or ratio to each other!
Each jump into a new kind of trajectory created its own discontinuous structure of “space” and required that a static geometrical constraint be removed from the kinetic process. Each step in this removal of physical constraints (laws) upon action takes us in the direction of abstraction whereby process becomes less physical and ultimately non-local and non-temporal.
Swedenborg’s Doctrine of Forms covered these discontinuous leaps of activity that spanned a spectrum from inert matter and classical physical process all the way to intelligent action, action in the spiritual world, and finally, God’s infinite Divine activity. In other words, at the top of this cosmic totem pole, action (dynamical magnitudes) is removed from any involvement with time and space and operates in a world of “pregeometry.”
Swedenborg’s scientific and theological concepts hold the key to top-down causality, quantum gravity, the emergence of spacetime, the “collapse” of potentials into outcomes of measurement, and how an Infinite God can act in a finite world. They express how classical physics is a lawful outcome of non-classical physics.
These are a few of the topics I address in my new book, Proving God, which will be available to the public soon (some individuals already have their hands on Advance Reading Copies).