Video: What your Spiritual Guru Never Told you about Quantum Mechanics

AskAMathematician.com presents a lecture on Quantum Mechanics given as part of Nerd Nite (NYC):

Quantum Mechanics has been around since the thirties and is the basis of essentially all of modern physics. It is a clean theory and has been tested, retested, and verified more than any other physical theory in history. However, some of the basic ideas involved are a little weird, unintuitive, seemingly impossible, and philosophically repugnant. For decades, cults, spiritual healers, and the like have taken the weirdness of actual quantum physics and spun it into fake ideas like “Quantum Consciousness,” “Quantum Healing,” and (sorry to say) “Quantum Leap.” In this talk we will go over some of the misconceptions, the original experiments that led to them, and also how these ideas are applied today and (hopefully) will be in the future.

Entire talk in Power Point format:

Download What Your Spiritual Guru Never Told You About Quantum Mechanics Power Point File

The video comprising part 1 of the 3 parts of the lecture:

The video comprising part 2 of the 3 parts of the lecture:

The video comprising part 3 of the 3 parts of the lecture:

Further Information:

Physicist: If you’re here because of Nerd Nite, welcome!  This is to round off what didn’t get covered.  And for everyone else; check this out!

For more on Quantum Seeing in the Dark, here’s a Scientific American article about the technique, and also how to make it spooky and awesome using the quantum zeno effect:

research.physics.illinois.edu/qi/photonics/papers/kwiat-sciam-1996-nov.pdf

This here is a cavalcade of information about quantum non-locality, and the relevant experiments.  Turns out causality is just a suggestion:

http://www.dhushara.com/book/quantcos/qnonloc/qnonloc.htm

Holy crap!  A different, and difficult to follow, presentation on Quantum Information Theory, the Shor Algorithm, and Hipsters!

Right Here

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One Response to Video: What your Spiritual Guru Never Told you about Quantum Mechanics

  1. Luke says:

    I’m still not sure how you removed the observer from your critique of current theories of non-locality. I like that you tried to make the video accessible, but even though i’m not a scientist I have read a lot in regards to this and I wonder how entanglement is seperate from the concept of non-locality, and if it isn’t why do you approach the subject from the point of view that somehow the ‘outside world’ is seperate from the experience you have of it?

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