BLURRING THE BOUNDARY BETWEEN SCIENISTS AND ARTISTS
I read this on the international association of quantum artists website and I thought it was interesting reading indeed…
Gary Zukav – The Dancing Wu Li Masters- An Overview of the New Physics. “Quantum mechanics shows us that we are not as separate from the rest of the world as we once thought. Particle physics shows us that the “rest of the world” does not sit idly “out there”. It is a sparkling realm of continual creation, transformation, and annihilation. The ideas of the new physics, when wholly grasped, can produce extraordinary experiences.” “Some biologists believe that a single plant cell carries within it the capability to reproduce the entire plant. Similarly, the philosophical implication of quantum mechanics is that all of the things in our universe (including us) that appear to exist independently are actually parts of one all-encompassing organic pattern, and that no parts of that pattern are ever really separate from it or from each other.” The new physics, quantum mechanics, tells us clearly that it is not possible to observe reality without changing it. According to quantum physics there is no such thing as objectivity. We cannot eliminate ourselves from the picture. Philosophically, the implications of quantum mechanics are psychedelic. Not only do we influence our reality, but in some degree we actually create it. John Wheeler, a well known physicist at Princeton wrote, “May the universe in some strange sense be ‘brought into being’ by the participation of those who participate?... the vital act is the act of participation. “Participator” is the incontrovertible new concept given by quantum mechanics. It strikes down the term ‘observer’ of classical theory, the man who stands safely behind the thick glass wall and watches what goes on without taking part. It can’t be done, quantum mechanics says. … “it is no longer evident whether scientists really discover new things or whether they create them. Many people believe that “discovery” is actually an act of creation. If this is so, then the distinction between scientists, poets, painters, and writers is not clear. In fact, it is possible that scientists, poets, painters, and writers are all members of the same family of people whose gift it is by nature to take those things which we call common place and to re-present them to us in such ways that our self-imposed limitations are expanded.”.