I think a great deal of the "popular" understanding of quantum (with a U) physics is Lies-to-Children. Part of me is convinced they make shit up as they go along and no one knows enough of what they're talking about to call them out on it. I mean, even quantum physicists have been known to say "No one understand quantum mechanics".
Frankly I think it's best to leave them to it until they have a better handle on things. It's not that I'm opposed to the idea of stuff winking in and out of existence all the time, and lots of black holes forming and then being destroyed, or something, and atoms having 16 dimensions when you spin them in the opposite direction. It just seems so out of sorts with normal physics, so I'm going to leave them to it until they both gel. Making it work with General Relativity would be favourite. They can get back to me when they have their Theory of Everything.
However, I guess we do owe them the microchip. And many other things. Thank you, quantum physicists.
I don't know about the "everything is connected" and the imagination part. I do know that I've seen physicists do their nut about the crap in "The Secret" and "What the bleep do we know". They get angry like a climatologist watching "The Day After Tomorrow". Hours of amusement. I like to watch an intelligent person rant. It's like David Mitchell when something sets him off. Great fun.
I think quantum physics is a fascinating subject myself. There is actually a few books specifically dealing with theories on how quantum physics relates to magic. The theories of alternate timelines and parallel dimensions is a part of it. So is how our "will" affects the universe. Perhaps most interesting recently is they proved that they can link two particles in a certain matter and then no matter how much you separate them what you do to one the other responds. An interesting scientific take on the "law of contagion."
I haven't gotten to deeply into the mathematics of quantum physics yet, but I have taken a look at several of the theories and started experimenting with some of the theories in magic systems in the past. I got distracted and never finished my experiments, but they did look promising, and I intend to go back to it at some point.
I wasn't sure if it was a type or not ^_^;
Well, no, in science, theories aren't just theories ;) They've been tested over and over again, and are accepted as the closest thing we have to reality until something better comes along ;) I'm not sure if scientific theories are what you were referring to here, so please take no offense. It's just a line I tend to see a lot... often in the context of "evolution is only a theory".
I don't think quantum physics can be said to be related to magic at this juncture. What works on a quantum level does not work on a macro level, for example. Hence the issues with General Relativity vs. Quantum physics. The theories conflict when it comes to particular situations, like what happens in the middle of a black hole. I think it's very premature to scale things up from the quantum and suggest that it relates to magic, visualisation and so forth - particularly given reactions from physicists to the bastardisation of physics in "what the bleep do we know", etc. While there may indeed be some sort of connection between quantum physics and magic, I would not make any prediction there... If nothing else, it really makes the magic-using community look unversed in science to jump the gun in such a way, which is something I would like to avoid.
Frater: Have you seen that delayed observation eraser experiment? That one weirded the crap outta me. It might mean that violation of causality is possible experimentally and that would mean that half the equations quantum mechanics depends on are wrong. I mean talk about mind-blowing stuff.