Our brain helps us to think and ponder over stuff, create new ideas and even retrospect our actions. The basic thinking is a virtue and when used in the right way can create everlasting bonds with other people as well as our surroundings.
What if we could take our thinking to the next level? Certainly not the superhuman acts that we see in movies, but a broadened approach in thinking, the success mantra to connect with people and develop new ideas. A concept that is often referred to as quantum thinking.
The term “quantum thought” gained attention after it was voiced by Nick Szabo, an expert cryptographer, and computer scientist. In a podcast with Tim Ferriss, Szabo went through a lot of topics, and among them was his secret to mastering entrepreneurship – quantum thinking.
So what does this new type of thinking mean and how can one attain it?
Quantum thinking – truth or just another fallacy?
Quantum thinking is the ability of the mind to view a problem from all sides. Even when the definition is this simple, practicing it is easier said than done.
When we are met with an issue in our lives, we are quick to view it in a manner that befits our goals. However, we do not think about the different angles surrounding the issue.
So, quantum thinking is about holding more than one opposing opinion at the same time. And, there’s a reason why this term has the word “quantum” in it.
Quantum level observation presents us with an overwhelming phenomenon known as Duality. Duality is the ability of a quantum entity to exist in more than a single state.
Precisely, quantum thinking is the ability to have two opposing thoughts at the same time. In other words, you must be able to go beyond just a true or false view of the world.
There are probabilities that can happen at any time and furthermore, the world isn’t just about 0 or 1. The best possible explanation we have for the world is that it’s complicated!
Szabo explained this concept in the premises of law and order. He stated “Run down the arguments as if each one of them would be true, even if they and their sub-arguments contradict each other. You have to keep both of them in your mind at once”.
Quantum thinking allows you to become more empathetic and helps you to avoid problems of the tunnel vision. It expands your view of the world around you, enabling you not to just think for yourself but to think how your decisions will impact others.
And if you want to be an innovator or an entrepreneur, these skills are a must to achieve success.
It implies that quantum thinking is the opposite approach to binary thinking. Quantum thinking gives you more possibilities to work with.
If we apply the same idea in the business context, it will help you understand the seller side of things and buyer side of things. The result is that if you were to start a venture of your own, your pricing strategy and business model will be in a way that is appealing to all.
Is there a link between the human mind and quantum physics?
The word “quantum” is used to signify the dual nature and it applies to mostly physics. However, recently, it was being used by scientists to explains something inherently human – consciousness.
The concept of consciousness has long eluded anyone who has tried to prove or refute it. There is no doubt that we have consciousness, but where does it come from?
Philosophers such as Descartes argued that mind is something separate from the material body. But then we would be describing the mind like a metaphysical entity, and science doesn’t do well in that regard.
So scientists straight up refute mind-body duality.
Some researchers have tried connecting consciousness with quantum physics. But then again, they are not well received across the science community because you are essentially describing one mystery with another.
Oxford University’s mathematical physicist, Sir Roger Penrose, firmly believes that our mind has quantum origins. He has brought forward a theory called the Orchestrated Objective Reduction theory of the mind or Orch-OR in short.
We can even say that the arguments surrounding the quantum-consciousness subject took off with the release of Penrose’s famous book released in 1989 called "The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics."
Sir Roger Penrose believes that protein tubes in our brains called microtubes are quantum devices that can orchestrate our quantum awareness. In 2017, he started the Penrose Institute to study human consciousness.
There isn’t much development in the area to the extent that we can connect consciousness and quantum physics. However, the quantum theory of mind presents another take on the subject.
The quantum theory of mind
Quantum theory of mind is quite different from quantum thinking. Quantum theory is about the mind itself and how it is not measurable.
In other words, classical methods of measurement or mechanics cannot explain the human mind. One such theory states that consciousness is in another realm, where it shares information to the brain using quantum entanglement.
In this scenario, actions performed on one side will reflect on the other because of the properties of quantum entanglement.
Dr. Dirk K.F. Meijer, a professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands strongly advocates this theory and explains how the size of the brain has no effect on how much data it can store. He believes that consciousness also behaves like a quantum particle, where it can exist outside of the brain in an immaterial form while also existing inside of the brain in a material form.
Concerning quantum thinking, we have delved quite deep into the subject, where metaphysics and numerous theories are involved. However, the concept of quantum thinking is relatively simple compared to the concept of the connection between quantum physics.
If you can hold two opposing thoughts and think them through, then you have entered quantum thinking. It will help you realize issues from a different perspective, and find answers that would have otherwise gone unrealized.