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According to Wikipedia: “Quantum mysticism refers to a set of metaphysical ideas and associated practices that supposes a consciousness, intelligence, or otherwise mystical component to the experience of existence or reality at the quantum scale.The term originally emerged from the debates between the founders of quantum theory in the early twentieth century as they debated the interpretations and implications of their nascent theories, which would later evolve into quantum mechanics. The essential qualities of the early quantum theory, and the ontological questions that emerged, made the distinction between philosophical and scientific discussion difficult; however, quantum theory developed into a strong scientific theory. Beginning in the 1970s, New Age authors and practitioners began to impute metaphysical ideas into the physics, which eventually lead to associated practices and beliefs, many of which can only be subjectively experienced and are unfalsifiable. As a result of this, many of the metaphysical claims and related practices of quantum mysticism have been criticized as being either misinterpretations of quantum mechanics or as pseudoscience.

Emergence

Beginning in the 1970s, quantum mysticism began to take its own path with Fritjof Capra’s book, “The Tao of Physics”, which explores parallels between quantum physics and principles of Eastern mystery. Following in the 1980s was the book, Quantum Healing, by Deepak Chopra, which explains a theory of mind and body healing using quantum concepts. In 1990, Robert Anton Wilson wrote a book called Quantum Psychology which explains Timothy Leary‚Äôs Eight Circuit Model of Consciousness in terms of quantum mysticism.[15] Then, in 1993, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra, was published and went on to become a New York Times Bestseller. The book discusses specific claims of healing, reverse aging, and immortality by adopting a quantum worldview and prescribes specific practices. It sold over two million copies worldwide.”