The world of traditional Newtonian physics deals with energy and matter, and the basic forces that hold the universe together on a cosmic scale, gravity, the electromagnetic force and the weak and strong nuclear forces. Quantum mechanics deals with forces, energy and matter too, but on the scale of the nano-universe, a bizarre world of subatomic particles, up and down quarks, strange quarks, leptons, fermions,bosons and so on. While traditional physics is based on observable proven realities [what Einstein referred to as experience], quantum physics exists much more in the domain of theoretical science. A lot of the laws of quantum mechanics seem to hold together in the nano-universe, but fall apart when applied on the cosmic scale.
For anyone with an elementary understanding of Newtonian physics, the Law of Attraction calls immediately to mind, the Coulombs Law, which was also known as the Law of Attraction as relating to the electromagnetic force between protons and electrons in an atom. The Law of Attraction, as referred to in quantum physics, is something quite different.
Since the Pythagoreans first contemplated the existence of the intangible realm of human thought, the idea that thoughts are a true and real manifestation in the physical universe has been pondered. For the past two and a half millennia, scientists, philosophers and religious scholars have labored to discover some relationship between the material and immaterial dimensions, the physical and spiritual realms. Many theories have been advanced, but none yet has met the burden of scientific proof. It has been rumored however, that some bright young physicists at Stanford University may just have discovered such a relationship through quantum mechanics, and they dubbed the dubious dictate the Law of Attraction. The dubious part will be addressed momentarily, but first consider the proposition.
Very basically, the quantum Law of Attraction proposes that the process of thought is much more than an intangible mental manifestation, indeed, that it involves the displacement and rearrangement of subatomic particles. Anyone who knows anything about physics can tell you, that when particles move they generate electromagnetic fields, and that these fields are propagated into space-time. In space-time, these electromagnetic fields energize and effect other particles and all kinds of interesting things begin to happen. The Law of Attraction concludes, that the process of thinking produces just such effect, and that human thoughts actually rearrange the universe, or at least the small part of it that can be influenced on an individual basis. Therefore, the not very new idea that we can influence the universe (the Church of Scientology has believed it since 1953), at least in the context of our own persona, was an obvious conclusion. You can be whatever and whoever you want to be, if you can concentrate and channel your thought patterns in that direction. Sounds great, so where can you sign up for a course in quantum thought channeling?
Well, don't bother to call the dean of admissions office at Stanford, for although the prestigious school's physics department is credited with defining the quantum Law of Attraction, you would be hard pressed to find any information about it at Stanford, including who will receive the Nobel prize for this monumental discovery. Instead, you might find some enlightenment on the subject at your local chapter of the New Thought movement, a kind of pseudo-science religious cult that is intensely studying the phenomenon. This is not to say, that the New Thought folks and others who have bought into the quantum law of attraction revelation don't take it seriously, they do and very much so. But, when you clear away some of the smoke and mirrors on this issue, the greater motivation for this bit of quantum magic becomes perspicuously apparent, bringing us full circle back to the assertion of dubiousness noted earlier.
It turns out, that the whole thing is a bit of a misrepresentation fabricated to market and sensationalize a 2006 Movie and companion book called The Secret. The Movie, produced and filmed in Australia by Prime Time Productions, is distributed through online streaming video from their web site, and includes a movie trailer you can view for free, at:http://www.thesecret.tv/index.html Of course, the pitch is, that the secret will give you everything you want, happiness health and wealth; you can have, do, or be, anything you want. If this sounds to you like a line from Joel Osteen's Prosperity Gospel pitch, you are catching on and can giver yourself an A for comprehension on this short primer on quantum physics and the law of attraction.
While a lot of people who by into the quantum law of attraction scenario will tell you, that it has to be real because its backed by scientific evidence and quantum physics, you will have difficulty finding any professional in the physics discipline that would stake his or her career on it, or even want to be associated with it in any way. Furthermore, at the outset of this article, the point was made, that quantum physics is still in a theoretical stage and doesn't apply when you take it out of the nano-universe and try to represent it in the cosmic one. If there were to be a valid quantum law of attraction, it would have to follow suit, so in the end, this all turns out to be a lot of talk about nothing;.but that's all you need to sell a book or a movie these days, or so it seems.