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Leadership and the New Science, 3rd Edition by Margaret J. Wheatley

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Penetrating so many secrets,we cease to believe in the unknowable.But there it sits neverthelesscalmly licking its chops.

—H. L. Mencken

 

Chapter 4The Participative Nature of the Universe

Schroedinger’s cat is a classic thought problem in quantum physics. Physicist Erwin Schroedinger constructed the problem in 1935 to illustrate that in the quantum world nothing is real. We cannot know what is happening to something if we are not looking at it, and, stranger yet, nothing does happen to it until we observe it. Central to the quantum world, Zohar wrote, is the idea that “unobserved quantum phenomena are radically different from observed ones” (1990, 41).

The problem of the cat has not yet been resolved, but here is the thought experiment. A live ...

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