RE: FW: MD Dawkins on quantum/mysticism convergence

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Date: Sun Mar 17 2002 - 00:19:40 GMT

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    Especially when one remembers that the meaning of the term quantum is the
    smallest discernible amount. new Age folks sometimes think it means the
    opposite, as in 'a quantum leap.'


    > Dawkins is right on the money. "Quantum" seems to be a popular
    > adjective to
    > attach to a lot of goofy ideas making them more trendy in pop
    > culture. It's
    > like a vague allusion to QM has hybridized with various kooky pet
    > theories.
    > Dawkins says some similar stuff to the above in _Unweaving the Rainbow_
    > which was probably cryptomnesically bubbling below the surface in
    > my mnemon
    > store when I made some casual jokes about a "quantum" (or anti-"quantum")
    > filter not so long ago. A rough list offered by Dawkins (in _UtR_,
    > paperback, p 188) includes "quantum healing", "quantum
    > psychology", "quantum
    > responsibility", "quantum morality", "quantum aesthetics", "quantum
    > immortality", and "quantum theology". Dawkins laments that
    > "quantum caring"
    > was absent :-)

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