Quantum mysticism  

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Quantum mysticism is the claim that the laws of quantum mechanics incorporate mystical ideas similar to those found in certain religious traditions or New Age beliefs. It is descended from the measurement problem – the seemingly special role which observers play in quantum mechanics. The term quantum mysticism is used pejoratively by skeptical scientists to discount the idea that quantum theory supports mystical beliefs.

Parallels with mysticism were first drawn by the founders of quantum mechanics, most notably Erwin Schrödinger, Werner Heisenberg, Wolfgang Pauli, Niels Bohr, and Eugene Wigner. Nevertheless, critics such as science fiction writer Greg Egan and commentator Margaret Wertheim, along with many scientists, have opined that quantum mysticism is a hijacking of quantum physics by ill-informed purveyors of pseudo-science.

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