Does Quantum Mechanics Support the Teachings of the Buddha?

I first became aware of this idea from the book The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra. It does an equally respectable job of explaining Quantum Mechanics (QM) and the Eastern religions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism. However, the parallels between QM and Eastern religions it draws are tenuous at best.

As a consequence of its publication, every New Ager with a half-baked understanding of QM, tries to use it to validate a religious concept or as the basis for some New Age woo.

Here is a quote from Depak Chopra,

Quantum healing is healing the bodymind from a quantum level. That means from a level which is not manifest at a sensory level. Our bodies ultimately are fields of information, intelligence and energy. Quantum healing involves a shift in the fields of energy information, so as to bring about a correction in an idea that has gone wrong. So quantum healing involves healing one mode of consciousness, mind, to bring about changes in another mode of consciousness, body

I am a Buddhist, but I am also an engineer. I can tell you that the attempts to use modern physics to “prove” Buddhist principles are misguided. Continued attempts to do so will only cheapen Buddhism in the minds of scientists.

The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism: Fritjof Capra: 9781590308356: Books

©2016 Stephen L. Martin


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