Unfolding the Enfolded...

Cosmos, Mind & Soul



Dean Radin explains entanglement:

Entanglement was predicted by the mathematics of quantum theory. Quantum theory considers matter not only in particulate form, but also as waves of probability. The interesting thing about a wave is that it can combine and interfere with other waves. Based on this idea, two particles interacting could be understood in wavelike terms as the creation of a new, more complex wave. Not two waves, but one wave, and that one wave remains one system thereafter. So two particles that interact can no longer be considered separate. Einstein didn't like this idea and called it's spooky action at a distance. But the mathematics predict that if you have one particle that splits into two, or two particles that interact, once those particles separate they are no longer really separate. They both contain some aspect of each other.

For about 30 or 40 years this prediction about entanglement remained only a theoretical possibility. And then after development of a way to test whether the prediction was true or not in the 1960s, the first major replication of it was reported in the 1980s. The method was based on a theorem by Irish physicist John Bell. And so now we're in a position where we know, based not just on theory but also on empirical fact, that particles which appear to be separate can actually be connected through space and time in ways that appear to be spooky.

What's important then is that this is not just an interesting theoretical idea, but an observable fact about the fabric of reality.

        -- Dean Radin, The Bleeping Hearld, April 2006
                          [Interview, Part I]