A big problem that remains for understanding quantum theory is the question of how a specifically determined result comes forth from the quantum world of probabilities. In quantum physics, an electron exists in a bizarre state of both “here” and “there” simultaneously.
The wavefunction is a mathematical expression that depicts the generation of the probability distribution for all the possible outcomes of measurement. These potentialities are all “tendencies to exist.” It is assumed that when a measurement is made, all these probabilities somehow collapse into a single actuality of coherent matter.
When scientists attempt to measure a quantum particle’s position, they get a specific and very definite result. It is assumed that when a measurement is made all these probabilities (tendencies) somehow collapse into a single actuality of coherent matter. Nature then moves into classical physics, whereby matter coheres further into stable forms such as atoms and molecules.
Physicists don’t understand how probabilities become certainties, which is why there are many different interpretations of quantum theory. This challenge is referred to as the “measurement problem.”
Ironically, this problem may have already been solved by the 18th Century scientist/theologian, Emanuel Swedenborg. He described how virtual particles, whose action consisted of a pure endeavor to exist collapsed into forms of coherent matter—not through chance—but through cooperation.
It is through cohering together, that constraints (laws) are placed on their new aggregate forms, and, the resulting action becomes more articulated in time and space.
Swedenborg believed that what today’s scientists call a quantum ”jump” is actually a physical analog of LOVE (the essence to unite). In both the non-physical and physical world there is a perpetual endeavor for self-organization and complexity.
He maintained that for new things to come into existence, previous (a priori) things must coexist.
We can gain some insight into this process from our own mental activity. The mind does not operate in space but all its inclinations and ideas can produce real effects in the physical universe (via the human body). Our essential life consists of what we love and seek. This disposition adheres to others like it and finds new embodiment (comes forth) in our thoughts. Lastly, our dispositions and thoughts cohere into concepts that come forth in the physical world through the actions of the human body. The causal nexus between the non-temporal and non-local realms with the physical realm is through correspondence and similitude.
All process proceeds by similar and universal rules.
Swedenborg claimed that potentials not only seek to exist, but seek relationship. All existence and organization is relationship by means of reciprocal union. These relationships mirror the dynamics and laws of God’s Love.
My upcoming book Proving God will explore these ideas more deeply.