While browsing a frequently-updated breaking news site (newser.com), I stumbled across an ad for something called “Quantum Jumping.” I almost never click on ads, but the snarky, know-it-all, ex-physics-major in me wanted to confirm that the people who ran the ad really had no idea what “quantum” means. It turns out they do, but in a VERY bizarre manner.
This is a self-help scam much like The Secret, which was espoused by Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities a few years ago. The essence of The Secret is that if you visualize yourself being succesful, you will be. Oprah was either conned, bribed, or genuinely convinced, that the technique would benefit her 1 billion fans that she told them about it, so it became a smash (although fleeting) success. Whichever it was, Oprah was either immoral, illegal, or stupid enough to do it.
Of course, The Secret probably works, the same way that concentrating all your effort on ANYTHING works. If I wake up every day and tell my self that I’m going to be the best goddamn hot-dog vendor in the city that day, sooner or later, I will be. I don’t need any mysticism or wonky rituals to do it.
But the subject of this post is Quantum Jumping. I quote from their site:
“Quantum Jumping is the process of “jumping” into parallel dimensions, and gaining creativity, knowledge, wisdom and inspiration from alternate versions of yourself.”
They go on to explain how Max Planck and Albert Einstein first came up with the idea of alternate universes (partially true), but then leap to the conclusion that you can visit them at will. And while you’re in that alternate universe, you can hook up with your alternate self, who may be a billionaire or professional athlete or (they admit) homeless person. But you learn from the more successful versions of yourself and return to this dimension wiser and more equipped to succeed.
There are a LOT of details left out, because, of course, you have to order the DVD set to learn the whole program. But it goes to show you that a little bit of knowledge (in this case knowledge of physics) is a dangerous thing.