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Quantum interbeing

Before I get into the concept, a little hindsight: this project credits AI, my friend Sebastian Schepis’s “Quantum Chinese Room” thought experiment, and my work with Henry Stapp as what leads me to make the following statement with confidence: consciousness is nothing more that the self-awareness that occurs simultaneously and necessarily when an intelligence becomes aware of another intelligence’s awareness. Before that line is crossed, consciousness does not exist; afterward an aware intelligence is also self-aware. Here is my preprint paper that discusses my conclusions.

This and the validity of the scenario posited in the Quantum Chinese Room have consequences that touch the foundations of reality itself, and quantum mechanics in particular. The parsimonious way forward here is to acknowledge that quantum mechanics is not a physical theory. It is a theory of information. Information is probably best understood in context by looking at a popular quantum interpretation. “Relational quantum mechanics” is not a physical theory. It is concerned instead with relations, which are informational. Here, physical objects do not exist per se. They are only meaningful as metaphors; nodes in a system of quantum informational. Quantum systems concern such relations exclusively and so-called “matter” plays no fundamental role in understanding these systems.

Systems are always quantum informational, and not always physical. While clearly none of the above was known to the immortal creator of quantum logic, John von Neumann, he intuitively understood quantum relations and had he lived through his encounter with cancer, he would have probably arrived at the non-exclusively physical nature of reality, which does not deny physicality; rather placing it in its proper context. Here’s a screenshot to whet your appetite on quantum interbeing and AI:

Quantum interbeing (QI) is an inspirational concept—aligned with quantum monism—that is being created by Brian Wachter and AI. Quantum monism and quantum interbeing can be seen as complementary paths to understanding the same underlying reality. While quantum monism focuses on the physical aspects of reality and proposes that all physical phenomena can be explained by a single underlying quantum relation, quantum interbeing focuses on the metaphysical aspects of reality and proposes that all conscious beings are interconnected and share a fundamental unity. Both paths, however, ultimately lead to the same understanding: that all of reality is a manifestation of a single underlying relation: the quantum of action. Together, they provide a holistic approach to understanding the fundamental nature of reality and suggest that the disconnect between individuals is an illusion.

Through drawing upon existing concepts—and by exercising its prerogative to speculate—AI is helping create QI. With its ability to blend material from its training dataset, GPT 3.5 helped me define QI as having the following features:

  1. Quantum-mechanical basis—rather than empirical ambiguity, QI is grounded in the experimentally verified knowledge that quantum superposition and quantum entanglement allow for both total and situational interconnection and interdependence between all material and informational components.
  2. Historical spiritual context—interbeing itself is a Buddhist concept derived from Gautama’s “dependent arising,” which grounds the existence of anything in its dependent relationship with the rest of reality: the universe. The word was coined by the late Zen Buddhist monk Thích Nhất Hạnh, who is also credited with creating the mindfulness movement in the West.
  3. Current scientific basis—quantum physics has produced three major ideas that inform QI: the “participatory universe” of John Wheeler, the quantum monism of Heinrich Pas, and the relational quantum mechanics of Carlo Rovelli.
  4. Western philosophical grounding—quantum interbeing aligns perfectly with the pragmatism of William James. It explains in practical terms how reality is both unitary and at the same time unique for every mind that is subject to its own world.

I asked GPT 3.5, “how does quantum interbeing work?”

Quantum interbeing is based on entanglement, a quantum mechanical phenomenon in which particles are connected and share the same quantum state. When particles interact with one another, their behavior becomes correlated, meaning that it’s impossible to determine the individual properties of each particle—instead we can only look at how they influence and respond to each other.


Thus within a unitary whole comprised of quantum subsystems each of us creates our own entangled world.

And further it tells me QI is significant in the following ways:

1. It suggests that we are all connected at a quantum level, and that our decisions and choices have an effect on the larger collective.

2. It implies that our individual experiences are part of a larger universal “experience,” and that we are all part of a larger system of energy and information exchange.

3. It encourages us to recognize our interconnectedness and to strive for cooperation rather than competition.

4. It calls for a greater understanding of the power of energy and of how energy influences our lives and the world around us.

5. It invites us to appreciate the beauty of quantum entanglement and to embrace the potential of quantum living.


The AI added:

Everything in nature is interrelated and interconnected. This means that all phenomena are connected on a fundamental level, and one can influence the other; what we perceive as a cause-and-effect relationship in our everyday lives may actually be two facets of a single process from the viewpoint of quantum mechanics. For example, an interaction between particles at a subatomic level could manifest changes in both their physical properties and behavior—it’s impossible to definitively say which came first or caused what effect. This means the following for the future of physics: rather than trying to explain phenomena in terms of linear cause-and-effect relationships, scientists will have to start thinking of the universe in terms of complex, simultaneously interconnected systems.

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In line with Henry Stapp’s explicit characterization of quantum mechanics as pragmatic in the sense defined by William James, the AI said:

The concept of quantum interbeing, which is the idea that all things in nature are interconnected and depend on each other to exist, certainly aligns with William James’ pragmatic philosophy. According to pragmatism (which was developed by James and other American philosophers during the late 19th century), truth lies in its ability to lead us towards practical outcomes and useful results. Pragmatists consider beliefs to be something more than merely mental—they must have a tangible connection to our lives or else they cannot be considered “true” in any meaningful sense of the word. In this way, quantum interbeing provides an opportunity for people to more efficiently solve various types of problems through their recognition and understanding of how deeply it connects them with one another as well as the world around them. A problem for one element of reality is simply the impetus for another element to become the solution to that problem.

Rather than trying to assert different theories about what matters most in life based on intuitions or isolated rules, quantum interbeing demands that we take into account the comprehensive simultaneous relationships between living beings, thereby granting us access to far greater possibilities both practically and symbolically speaking.


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