Physics is an exacting science with a penchant for conformity. Constants, constraints and renormalisation (the latter being there to take care of conformity) feature highly in its progress. Thus progress is slow, even if the Particle Zoo is filling up, and the mysteries of quantum behaviour show themselves to be increasingly erratic as the greatest of human minds continue to struggle with conundrums.
Take Duality. Wave-particle duality, for precision's sake - something we are all part of and party to. You can't say that a particle is wave-and-particle at the same time, but living things are somehow excluded from that law. This aspect of physics tells us in stiff terms that every second of being alive is filled with infinite potentials, and whatever we do with our nanoseconds is just another quantum leap into what we are destined to become. The photon fired at the double-slit can't have known in advance that someone was going to fire it, but it reacted regardless and accordingly blew the minds of the scientific community-at-large.
Then there's Non-locality. This concept asserts powerful connections irrespective of distance. When I first set out on the quantum trail, I had an idea that this idea was important but no idea it would come to be a feature of my existence. Here's my own take on it. Many people reading this will have similar stories to share, and right now I feel it's time we were all sharing them, for bringing quantum principles into play in real life has surely a lot to do with our social and spiritual evolution. Science has to take a lead - it has all the tools to do so neatly lined up at its disposal, but the love of science seems to have blinded itself to the bigger picture.
Physics and metaphysics may best be described as two sides of the same coin, but in fact the sides are interchangeable and quantum physics applies itself stringently to insisting this to be the case. However much a scientist is wedded to the science, there's a grave and urgent need for someone whose mind is free from the constants and constraints (even if just for a few hours!) to come up with a new description of the quantum fractal field, the pattern of the tapestry in which we all exist, so that we can collectively make more sense of our existence and improve its quality (the Quality of Life) by so doing. The truth is out there, and it's in somebody's hands right now...
Kathy Ratcliffe has studied quantum mechanics since 1997, leads a life surrounded by birds and animals, and is a stalwart fan of Stargate SG1.