Quantum Mystics

If we ask, for instance, whether the position of the electron remains the same, we must say “no”; if we ask whether the electron’s position changes with time, we must say “no”; if we ask whether the electron is at rest, we must say “no”; if we ask whether it is in motion, we must say “no”.

Robert Oppenheimer, ‘Science & the Common Understanding’, 1954

It moves. It moves not.
It is far, and It is near.
It is within all this,
and it is outside of all this.

from the Isha Upanishad, 500 B.C.

An elementary particle is not an independently existing unanalyzable entity. It is, in essence, a set of relationships that reach outward to all things.

H.P. Stapp, ‘S-Matrix Interpretation of Quantum Theory’, 1971

Material objects derive their being and nature by mutual dependence and are nothing in themselves.

Nagarjuna, circa 100 A.D.

In space-time everything which for each of us constitutes the past, the present and the future is given en bloc… each observer as his time passes discovers, so to speak, new slices of space-time which appear to him as successive aspects of the material world, though in reality the ensemble of events constituting space-time exist prior to his knowledge of them.

Louie De Broglie, 1949

It is believed by most that time passes; in actual fact, it stays where it is. The idea of passing may be called time, but it is an incorrect idea, for since one sees it only as passing, one cannot understand that it stays just where it is.

Dogen Zenji, ‘Shobogenzo’, 1253

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