“Great things don’t happen in tiny little increments. You know they happen when someone thanks completely differently.” –quote from “Shameless,” (season 3, episode 9)
While visiting Boulder, Colorado this month, I got to thinking about the idea of how sudden jumps and big changes can occur everywhere. I mulled this over while staying at the Hotel Boulderado, which is a bit like a museum. And while thinking about history, I got to thinking about how things don’t generally seem to happen in tiny increments so much as larger ones.
I looked at historic pictures from a century ago showing a great flood when Boulder Creek flooded in the “Great Flood” of May 31, 1894. That flood is now considered to be a 100-year flood, which at the time was the largest flood the city of Boulder had experienced. “Boulder Creek on a Rampage,” the Daily Camera reported, adding “The Windows of Heaven Opened and Boulder was Submerged.” The flood was caused by a dastardly combination of steady rain combined with heavy snow melt, which fed Boulder Creek so much water that bridges collapsed, train yards flooded, and Boulder was cut off from the outside world for several days. This flood happened suddenly, and Boulder residents at the time were caught completely by surprise.
Don’t Mess with Mr. In Between
I’m intrigued that we don’t see in-between phases between such things as horse and buggy and automobile, or firemen pulling their own fire carts and fire engines. Perhaps such in-between phases do exist. But most people probably moved to the next big thing, such as the automobile. Looking at old pictures hanging on the walls at the Hotel Boulderado, I contemplated the period of time in the 1800’s when guests visiting the hotel arrived in horses and buggies and carriages, long before invention of the car–at a time when even the firemen didn’t have fire trucks. They instead pulled carts with 250 feet of hose down streets to a water plug, where they attached the hose and nozzle to put out fires–all without help from fire engines.
It turns out that nature works similarly, with big leaps to new solutions, rather than steady incremental transitions. We find evidence for such quantum jumps with E.Coli bacteria that can instantly make a huge evolutionary change and basically evolve itself into a form of bacteria that could then digest the only food presented to it that it could not eat before–lactose–which is what the scientists were giving it. So if we think in terms of evolution, a lot of us have believed, as Darwin proposed, and according to classical physics it makes sense that instead of these huge steps–these huge jumps of evolution where there are missing links–you’ve heard that phrase–we would expect to see lots of little in-between phases, where a species would evolve gradually. That is not, in fact, what we’re finding in the laboratory right now, with bacteria. It’s not what we would expect.
When we think about how quantum computers are being built and we see evidence I’ve shared previously in this blog Welcome to the Quantum Age, and in my book, Quantum Jumps, it’s clear that all quantum phenomena are quite possibly occurring at every level of reality.
You can see the YouTube summary welcoming us to the new Quantum Age here: https://youtu.be/Fg9PsQ-gq5Q
We thus start to get an idea about how quantum phenomena are likely occurring at every level of reality–not just on the ‘quantum scale.’ Which means that when I get an email from someone, as I did recently, informing me that Willie Nelson died many years ago according to this person–while in our reality at this time both the person who emailed me and myself note that Willie Nelson is alive. So the thing to think about is how is it possible that we sometimes get different reality?
The “Mandela Effect” phenomenon where we see someone alive again, such as I first reported in print in 1999 in my book, Reality Shifts: When Consciousness Changes the Physical World, has been noticed by people making reports of such things for many years. When we view the archaeological record and evolutionary jumps, we see possible signs that many evolutionary leaps might be quantum jumps. Biologists have noticed that instead of finding tiny little steps that make evolutionary changes look like a slope–they instead tend to see HUGE jumps that is more like a staircase with giant steps, rather than a smooth slope composed of much smaller intermediary steps. And the large evolutionary jumps we find is what we would expect to see in a quantum universe–a universe which primarily operates according to quantum logic, and in which quantum phenomena are observed at every level and scale.
The idea that people can “fake it til they make it” is being studied at Harvard at their new placebo research center. We’re actually seeing information coming forth from all fields of science now about this to support these ideas. And so what I’d like you to think about is the big changes in your life and the big Mandela effects you might have seen where you might have observed something that can’t possibly be true in this reality, because when you do the fact-checking, and do the google search, you don’t see that there’s been any kind of steady progress of, for example, Willie Nelson was reported dead–and “Oops! They made a mistake, and actually he’s fine.” No, there’s nothing like that. There’s not even any report that there had been confusion–aside from these Mandela effect videos, blog posts, articles, and so forth. What you’ll see is he’s always been here. There is a continuous history that goes all the way back. That’s also what I’m saying is happening in all fields of all of our sciences from cosmology, to biology, to chemistry–you name it.
I believe that we all have quite a great deal to be grateful for. And a good way to look at your life is to look back not with regret on the past, but with gratitude–especially for things you’ve had a part in. And to the degree that we can all keep asking, “How good can it get?” we can absolutely start seeing exactly that.
You can see the YouTube summary of this blog post here: https://youtu.be/wNgj24NchVo