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Our day to day dilemma or delusion – Schrödinger’s cat is dead or alive?


Yes, Nein or Yein? Image source – flickr.com

My wife is a cleaning freak and is currently on house cleaning spree because of upcoming major Indian festival. I had been expecting that any day my bedroom cupboard would be upside down, albeit organized as is where basis by her standard. But, it had not happened.

Today morning, I walked down to my cupboard to fetch some article expecting least what I witnessed – it was cleaned up, reorganized and I found it hard to lay my hands of what I wanted. I began to feel upset. But, I said to myself – hang on; this is nothing new. It is just my dilemma or delusion whether I would find Schrödinger’s cat dead or alive. Cat is dead; just accept the reality that cupboard has been reorganized regardless of my comfort or discomfort.

You must be facing likes of above situation a number of times every day. If your cell phone rings when you don’t want to be disturbed, your mind would instantly suspect caller to be one, you don’t want to talk to; but majority of times it would be another person, whom you won’t refuse to talk. Your spouse insists upon you to accompany for shopping and you put extra money not for spending but for not cutting a sorry figure. More often, you would find whole money gets spent, as if your spouse or shopkeepers had prior knowledge of extra money in your pocket.

So, your mind is constantly engaged in tossing the coin – would it be this or that?

Splendid substance behind story of Schrödinger’s cat!

I won’t go into technical or experimental aspects of this story; if you are interested, please go on Google. It is very easy and interesting to understand. What is very important here is to know that such simple idea has led to monumental advancements in every field – technology to physiology. Schrödinger stated that there is no way to know in advance whether the cat, which has been placed in safe part of a chamber but facing threat from unsafe part, is dead or alive unless you observe or open the chamber. If you don’t observe, then cat is neither dead nor alive; it is in state of superposition – a term which Schrödinger or science does not know till today what exactly it is – call it metaphysical. Ironically, many argue that there is unseen force or mechanism in our universe that has prior knowledge.

What Schrödinger or science could not fathom till today is – this idea has great relevance in our day to day life. Most refuse to believe there is science behind our life and there is always life behind science.

Sum and substance of this story

Things, which are in our thoughts or are unseen, have equal probability of actually being alive or dead, this or that, right or wrong, great or gory, successful or setback. Only when things surface or become reality, then we see them in one or another form.

So, game of guessing or tossing the coin that we continuously play is actually futile. There is equal chance that things would turn out to be positive or negative. Your wishing that they be positive does not make you positive; actually it is negative contrary to popular perceptions as that indicates your obsession or addiction to positive. And, if you want it be negative even for a positive reason, it is negative as it indicates your bias or prejudice.

Now comes important link from last week’s post, which is not only proven in life but also by science’s famous law of Complementarity. This law states – you would get result as per type of set up to measure it. Such set up is physical in science but mental in life.

Therefore, if you guess or toss the coin, you are negative and that increases chances of negative results or disappointments. But, if you don’t guess, you are positive (which actually implies you are prepared to accept the reality) and you have higher chances of getting delightful results.

Try above game without cheating; you would be astonished with astounding results!

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Your guessing game defeats your ability to anticipate and more!

Anticipating; Source: http://www.flickr.com/

Nearly whole world is infested with habit to guess! On an average, more than 50% our life is consumed with guessing game – what has or would happen to me and what could happen to others!!

If our sound sleep is broken by a phone ring in the morning, first thought is to guess a bad news. As Football World Cup 2014 is kicking off, guessing game is kissing new peak from fitness of famous players to fashion and features of their celebrity wives or partners! Before Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, U.K. delivered her 1st baby in July 2013, media and British people were hysterical to guess sex of the child!!

Employees before annual salary rise or students during examination results are abuzz with guessing game. If you complain to your spouse of stomach pain more than once, her/his prediction would be you have acidity or appendicitis problem with you!

That is how life goes on. Guessing, predictions, foretelling and betting – all can be put in same bracket; but what is interesting is to know that “anticipation” is way different than “guessing”!

“Guessing” versus “anticipation”

Following would clarify the difference:

  1. Guessing is mostly driven by emotions; but anticipation is driven by analysis.
  2. Guessing has spontaneity; on the other hand, anticipation has sobriety and system.
  3. Guessing is thoughtless; anticipation is accompanied by thoughtfulness.
  4. Majority of guessed thoughts are negative or neutral by nature; anticipation is driven by logical conclusion – could be either positive or negative.
  5. Guessing is effortless and hence always alluring; anticipation does entail efforts.

Many tend to confuse guessing with gut-feel, instincts or inner voices. Guessing is a result of multiple thoughts in our mind; whereas, gut-feel etc. comes from single thoughts.

From above 5 points, it becomes clear that though some amount of guessing in inevitable in humans, beyond a point it not only damages our ability to anticipate correctly but also spoils sanity of our thoughts and chances to impact our environments!

Put your faith and weight behind ability to anticipate

You need good ability to anticipate for more than one reason:

  • To develop successful business strategy
  • To out-maneuver your rivals and win – be it football, other sports or any profession
  • To save yourself from avoidable difficulties
  • To maximize the impact on your audience
  • To be an effective communicator
  • To be a great boss
  • To strengthen your emotional intelligence (EQ)

Key points to develop your ability to anticipate are:

  1. Never be presumptuous.
  2. Don’t be a paranoid.
  3. Be a good or sharp observer.
  4. Develop desire for details and analysis.
  5. Practice to focus on single thoughts – one at a time.
    Your ability to anticipate is directly proportional to degree of your focus.
  6. Believe in self.
  7. Be a self-driver.
  8. Do not guess first and then start to anticipate. You would do a bad job!
    More you guess; less would you anticipate and vice versa.

When you follow the above, you would emerge an optimist and strategist, subtle and smart, and your power to comprehend would multiply. You would not only develop strong ability to anticipate, but also start to influence incoming moments through state of your mind

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