“We have been brought up to experience ourselves as isolated centers of awareness and action, placed in a world that is not us, that is foreign, alien, and is something other which we confront. Whereas, in fact, what you do is what the whole Universe is doing at the place you call “here and now”. You are something the whole Universe is doing in the same way that a wave is something that the whole ocean is doing. You are an aperture through which the whole Universe is looking at and exploring itself.”

Alan Watts

What is Quantum Philosophy?

In his profound moment, Alan Watts (1915-1973), one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century, was able to perfectly summarize the fundamental principle of being in a short and elegant paragraph.

Who are we, really? What are we in relation to this total organism in which we live? You might think that this is pretty obvious—we go about our daily lives, and this seems to present no problem at all. However, this is simply because familiarity has bred a sort of contempt for the problem altogether. The moment we begin thinking about it, we find ourselves confronted by very difficult and, perhaps, unanswerable questions.

For instance, when you wish to raise your hand, you simply raise it. But who raises it? Who is the “you” who raises your hand? Certainly, it’s not exclusively the “you” who goes to the office every day and pays the bills because you probably do not have the faintest idea of how your hand was raised. All you know is that you expressed a wish for your hand to be raised, whereas something within yourself activated the most elaborate nervous system and made certain muscles function in perfect harmony in order to produce this simple gesture.

Imagine the beginning of the Universe as a big “splash” which is still going on this very moment. In a fraction of a second, time and with it a three-dimensional space and matter appeared and began expanding rapidly. In his book, A Universe From Nothing, theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss argues that because of the laws of quantum mechanics and special relativity, on extremely small scales, virtual particles appear in our reality from nothing, only to disappear after a trillionth of a second—a time so short that we are not even able to see them. This may sound like philosophy, but although we are unable to measure virtual particles directly, we can measure their effects, and they are responsible for the most accurate predictions in modern physics.

Particles combine and form nested systems, complex elements are produced inside the stars, and, after it explodes in a blinding supernova, these new elements are used to form planets, rocks, oceans, plants and our organisms.

In school, we studied the physical characteristics of the atom—its mass, and weight. In today’s physics, however, scientists study the atom’s vibration. Particles that we are able to observe in our reality are not like tiny solid pieces of matter, but are, in fact, vibrations in their respective fields. An electron is a vibration in an electron field, a photon is a vibration in the electromagnetic field, and so on.

All atoms create waves. When we want to study atoms using Newtonian physics, we study two particles hitting each other like billiard balls whereas, in quantum physics, scientists study the waves.

Imagine two stones thrown into a still lake. Once they hit the surface, they will immediately produce two independent wave patterns. Soon after, the waves produced by one stone will meet the waves produced by a second stone, creating a constructive and destructive interference. Similar interference appears during an interaction between two atoms.

All of the waves together constitute the holistic field. You are made out of atoms, but you are also the field, meaning that you are connected to everything simply because you cannot separate individual waves. In other words, we are not surrounded by stuff which is not us, but everything is, essentially, an inseparable part of a universal One.

Quantum Philosophy is my journal of ontological observations – from the depths of history to the uncharted dimensions of consciousness, concerning the tiniest levels of reality to the farthest reaches of the Cosmos and everything in between.

Similar to a quantum leap in physics, when a particle suddenly changes from one state to another, Quantum Philosophy aims to rapidly expand the organism’s awareness and alter its comprehension of reality with the help of cognitively stimulating writings and simple exercises, best enjoyed during a good trip.

Spanning such disciplines as psychology, science, history, and philosophy, each journal entry will take you on the journey into the many realms of the human mind, scientific discoveries, and natural phenomena.

Dedicated to the curious minds, Quantum Philosophy teaches us about our position in the world, how we got here, and our relationship with the Universe.

Andre Litwin