One of the biggest mysteries in physics is how the probability distributions in a quantum process collapse into a single outcome of measurement. How does one formal outcome emerge from all the possibilities? And what happens to all those other possibilities after a specific outcome manifests?
This challenge is known as the measurement problem in quantum theory. Without an answer, present day physicists do not know how the fuzzy quantum world interconnects with the classical world of reliable macroscopic measurement. There cannot be two kinds of physical worlds ruled by two kinds of laws. The unity of the universe is evidence that one set of laws rules.
One of the difficulties is that physicists are not in agreement as to whether the different probability trajectories in a quantum event are real or imaginary. Their activity (quantum foam) does not lead to anything that can be measured. Some scientists describe these “ghostlike” trajectories as the action of virtual particles.
I believe that scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg provided the answer and I wrote about it in my award-winning book, Proving God. Swedenborg, too, envisioned virtual-like particles existing in a realm prior to physical measurement. However, he claimed that these different (and indeterminate) virtual particles produced a formal outcome (“collapse”) from their cooperation and incessant drive towards harmony (self-organization through relational holism).
Swedenborg maintained that for new things to come into existence previous (a priori) things had to co-exist. In this way he was able to demonstrate how natural law emerged from spiritual law. The essence of Love (real spiritual force) is to unite, and all nature shows us a profoundly oriented, ordered and unified design.
If the term “harmony” seems unscientific and too romantic, please keep in mind that modern string theory suggests that the universe is built up on a grand musical model of differently vibrating strings.