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State Reduction

As mentioned above, quantum mechanics describes the world in a superposition of all possible states. Although this is very difficult to comprehend, challenging one’s conventional wisdom, every related experiment proves the validity of this postulate. But we see the world in just one state. The puzzle of how we come to perceive one state (as seen at the classical level) out of the superposition of states (the simultaneous existence of all possible schemes and states, as predicted by quantum mechanics) is mind boggling. The bizarre antagonism between the classical and quantum mechanical aspects of reality is the question of the century.
The ways the two hemispheres operate are as asymmetrical as the two modes of reality described above. While one hemisphere displays an imaginative, intuitive, random, and chaotic scheme, as predicted by quantum mechanics, the other one describes a concrete, detailed, and definite picture, similar to the classical world that we are familiar with.

We know that left hemisphere perception is descriptive, based on the past experiences of the individual. Data received by the left brain is manipulated and altered and does not necessarily reflect the true nature of the received information. The left hemisphere’s view is just an interpretation and approximation of incoming data. Therefore, the concrete and logical classical level may be just a construct of our left brain. While this classical perception is very useful to us on a daily basis, keeping us from sinking into insanity, its validity is a matter of debate.

One may even further speculate and offer a solution for the observer-and-measurement problem in quantum mechanical experiments. It is shown in related experiments that the observer (experimenter) changes the superposition of states to just one state. For example, a particle is known to spin around all possible axes simultaneously. In addition, it rotates clockwise and counter-clockwise concurrently. This concept is very strange to us; it sounds illogical and impossible. However, quantum theory, the most precise knowledge obtained by human beings, confirms its validity.

When the experimenter sends a photon as a probe to assess the particle, its spin, which was in superposition of many spins around all possible axes, is reduced to just one spin, just the one around the trajectory of the sent photon, and its superposed rotation is reduced to only one rotation, either clockwise or counter clockwise. How can an observer change the actual spin of a particle? Is it actually changing, or is the observer just focusing on rotation around just one axis, the one in line with the trajectory of the photon he sent towards the particle? Is observer problem only a problem of focus and elimination of illogical data? Does the particle continue to rotate about any other possible axes throughout the experiment?

If every experiment indicates that the universe is quantum mechanical at a fundamental level, is it fair to suppose that we are conditioned to construct the classical level of reality inside our awareness?

Much of the research has shown that we do not see the elements that we are not focused on. This so-called in-attentional blindness can be the reason we fail to see other states and schemes of reality. We ignore and eliminate the schemes that do not fit.

On the other hand, adults normally do not remember much about their memories before age three. In addition, few memories are retained from three to seven years of age. The phenomenon is called childhood amnesia.10 One of the explanations for childhood amnesia maintains that memories are formed but later become inaccessible as a result of cognitive changes. One may postulate that a newborn can see the super-positioned reality, before logical thinking and conditioning from parental and cultural influences gradually take this super-positioned reality out of focus.

Is it fair to speculate that childhood amnesia is responsible for washing away the inappropriate and unacceptable memories of super-positioned universe? Or are those kinds of perceptions simply condemned and dismissed as childish thinking and fantasy?
As mentioned above, in quantum mechanics, objects exist simultaneously in a “superposition” of different schemes and scenarios.

For example, the consensus in physics is that matter exists in multiple states simultaneously—both wave and particle. The particle-like behaviour is most evident when the experimenter measures the particle characteristics of it. In other words, when we look for particle characteristics of matter, we see a particle. When an observer measures the phenomenon, the wave-function will randomly "collapse" to a specific particle at some specific location
Even though the sense organs are stimulated by waves, when we look for these waves, all we see are particles. It therefore seems fair to speculate that that particle portion of matter is a construct of the left hemisphere.

The behaviour of young children in some situations resembles that of split-brain adults. an infant before age 4 months who has one arm restrained will not reach with the other arm across the midline to pick up a toy on the other side of the visual field . Evidently, in younger children, each hemisphere has too little access to information from the opposite hemisphere.[15] 

The major link between right and left hemispheres, corpus callosum, matures gradually between 5 to 10 years of human life (Trevarthen 1974). The mature link can be considered the tool for dominancy of the left hemisphere as well. Adulthood may mean dominance of rational perceptions of the left hemisphere and suppression of holistic insights of right hemisphere.


Even if the left brain does a mere analysis of the parts without imposing its own prejudices or adding elements from its perceptual framework, its reductionist approach (dividing reality to components and assessing the parts to comprehend the whole) still cannot reveal actual reality. To further clarify the differences between a blended reality (as suggested by quantum physics) and a divided picture (as is seen on the classical level), let us, by way of analogy, take the square of sum of two numbers and compare it with the total of each of them squared.

( X + Y )2 ≠ X2 + Y2
X2 + Y2 + 2xy ≠ X2 + Y2

It is clear that two sides are different. The left side has an extra 2xy. For small numbers the difference is small. However, as numbers get bigger, the difference grows larger. When we have more elements in the whole, the gap grows even further:

( X + Y + Z)2 ≠ X2 + Y2 + Z2
X2 + Y2 + Z2+2xy + 2xz +2zy ≠ X2 + Y2 + Z2

The left portion symbolizes a unified process in quantum mechanics, while the right portion represents the sum of parts in classical physics, presented by the left brain. The above show that the whole is different from the sum of the parts. In a universe where almost infinite factors are involved in any process, the difference is humongous. As an analogy just compare the joy of listening to music against listening to individual notes with no harmony, or even worse reading boring abstract notes in a music notebook.

The analytic function of the left brain can not reveal the actual truth in its totality. Knowing the wavelength and magnitude of the colour red does not divulge the experience of the colour red. There is something more to the colour red. The sum of the parts does not match the actual reality in biology either. By simply adding up different parts of an organism, you cannot create a live creature. That is why analytic science and mathematics, although valuable for our everyday cognition, cannot describe the whole picture. [16] Looking outside the box and obtaining a broader view is necessary for the next step in the evolution of the human race. Perhaps we need to pay more attention to the scope of right brain.

James W. Kalat, Biological  Psychology, Thompon Wadsworth, 2003 
Kafatos and Nadeau, Non-local Universe 
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