Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hello Worlds

I’ve written mainly about the development of theories that are consistent with the major features of astrology as described in its literature and applications. Most of this work is available in my book Environmental Cosmology and on my website at The theories that I have postulated in these publications can sit on the shelf waiting to be tested. Eventually they will be supported by evidence or at least they will contribute to creating better theories.

This blog will go beyond theory and delve into the more philosophical interpretations and metatheories that would be consistent with the experience of astrology. A special type of metatheory can be found in my theoretical writings, specifically the organizing principles postulated as the foundation of the astrological paradigm. These principles are the understandings that I believe everyone would need to agree to in order to study astrology as a discipline.

The workings and the experience of astrology are difficult to understand. It is fairly well accepted among astrologers that astrology is not compatible with classical (early modern) science. This view of science, which began in the seventeenth century, was grounded in belief in dualism between mind and matter, that effects had causes that preceded them in time, and that causes could be understood as physical forces acting on matter as mechanisms. These beliefs left no room for consciousness and because astrology deals with consciousness, astrology was left aside while scientists turned their attention to areas that were easier to study.

Times have changed and the tables have almost completely turned. Evolutionary science, beginning in the nineteenth century, developed theories of adaptation and selection, and this began to include the suggestion of consciousness within the disciplines of science. As statistical mathematics developed, it became possible to measure and model all sorts of observations beyond mechanisms and to discover tendencies, and this could include the influences of consciousness.

Today, quantum mechanics is phenomenally successful to the extent that it dominates research in physics. But quantum mechanics is largely a statistical science that appears to reject, despite its name, any general mechanism, and it is inextricably linked to the conscious influence of the observer. Being mindful of these momentous changes in science, it would seem reasonable to expect that astrology would more closely resemble quantum interpretations than the mechanical-causal interpretation of classical science that is devoid of consciousness.

In this blog, I shall endeavor to present and discuss in random or discursive manner with interested readers certain areas of quantum mechanics compared to astrology such as (I) the quantization of quantities and qualities, (II) wave function and collapse vs. many worlds, (III) the uncertainty principle, and (IV) quantum entanglement. My intention is not to explain quantum mechanics, but rather to review the terminology and interpretations of quantum mechanics for parallels to astrology. There are striking similarities and curious differences.

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