Most writings about Radionics will inevitably include a mention of quantum mechanics, in particular the concept of quantum entanglement, in which matched particles can influence the “behavior” of each other instantaneously over any distance. Radonicists and other aetheric philosophers point to this effect as an example of how everything is connected and how effects can be made to occur that seem to defy the commonly accepted notions of mainstream science.
Einstein dubbed it “spooky action at a distance”, a label by which he meant to disparage the idea. He spent much of his later life trying to find a way around the slippery findings of quantum scientists, stating in his famous dictum that “God does not play dice.”
But it seems that God does play dice, and not only that, the dice are loaded.
The first concerns quantum entanglement and the famous proof of its actuality, as determined by the experiments of Dr. J.S. Bell at CERN Laboratories in Switzerland.
ERWIN SCHRÖDINGER called it the “defining trait” of quantum theory. Einstein could not bring himself to believe in it at all, thinking it proof that quantum theory was seriously buggy. It is entanglement: the idea that particles can be linked in such a way that changing the quantum state of one instantaneously affects the other, even if they are light years apart.
This “spooky action at a distance”, in Einstein’s words, is a serious blow to our conception of how the world works. In 1964, physicist John Bell of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, showed just how serious. He calculated a mathematical inequality that encapsulated the maximum correlation between the states of remote particles in experiments in which three “reasonable” conditions hold: that experimenters have free will in setting things up as they want; that the particle properties being measured are real and pre-existing, not just popping up at the time of measurement; and that no influence travels faster than the speed of light, the cosmic speed limit.
As many experiments since have shown, quantum mechanics regularly violates Bell’s inequality, yielding levels of correlation way above those possible if his conditions hold.
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Is there really an influence that travels faster than light? Cementing the Swiss reputation for precision timing, in 2008 physicist Nicolas Gisin and his colleagues at the University of Geneva showed that, if reality and free will hold, the speed of transfer of quantum states between entangled photons held in two villages 18 kilometres apart was somewhere above 10 million times the speed of light (Nature, vol 454, p 861).
The other bit of quantum weirdness to ponder is less well known in popular science studies, but is of great importance to devising a viable explanation of how radionics functions.
Know as the Aharonov-Bohm effect, it demonstrates that ‘something’ is traveling along the same potential lines of force in space as magnetism, but it remains in effect even after the magnetic field itself has been blocked.
HERE’S a nice piece of quantum nonsense. Take a doughnut-shaped magnet and wrap a metal shield round its inside edge so that no magnetic field can leak into the hole. Then fire an electron through the hole.
There is no field in the hole, so the electron will act as if there is no field, right? Wrong. The wave associated with the electron’s movement suffers a jolt as if there were something there.
Werner Ehrenberg and Raymond Siday were the first to note that this behaviour lurks in the Schrödinger equation (see “Quantum wonders: The Hamlet effect “). That was in 1949, but their result remained unnoticed. Ten years later Yakir Aharonov and David Bohm, working at the University of Bristol in the UK, rediscovered the effect and for some reason their names stuck.
So what is going on? The Aharonov-Bohm effect is proof that there is more to electric and magnetic fields than is generally supposed. You can’t calculate the size of the effect on a particle by considering just the properties of the electric and magnetic fields where the particle is. You also have to take into account the properties where it isn’t.
Casting about for an explanation, physicists decided to take a look at a property of the magnetic field known as the vector potential. For a long time, vector potentials were considered just handy mathematical tools – a shorthand for electrical and magnetic properties that didn’t have any real-world significance. As it turns out, they describe something that is very real indeed.
The Aharonov-Bohm effect showed that the vector potential makes an electromagnetic field more than the sum of its parts. Even when a field isn’t there, the vector potential still exerts an influence. That influence was seen unambiguously for the first time in 1986 when Akira Tonomura and colleagues in Hitachi’s laboratories in Tokyo, Japan, measured a ghostly electron jolt (Physical Review Letters, vol 48, p 1443).
The influence of vector potential can go a long way to explain how aetheric “energy” can exert effects that cannot properly be predicted by – or attributed to – electromagnetic field theories. Electromagnetic force, which includes electricity, magnetism and light, obeys certain laws such as the speed of light (c) and the inverse square law (which determines how a magnetic field weakens with distance.) If aetheric energy is really just electromagnetic, it would be expected to also function under the same restrictions. But it does not. It appears to be transmitted to targets instantaneously, and is unaffected by distance between the radionics device and the target.
Most systems of radionics state that electromagnetic force fields represent “pathways” by which aetheric energies can be directed by the use of devices designed with wires and electronic components – perhaps because an electronic field is “more than the sum of its parts.”
Now physicists are beginning to arrive where radionicists have been for decades.