When reading about quantum physics one often comes across descriptions of it being strange, weird, bizarre, incomprehensible, shocking, mysterious, and numerous other such terms. However, I contend that this is only if one holds a Western scientific/materialistic worldview. From a Tibetan Buddhist point of view, for example (as well as many other Eastern cultures), there’s nothing strange or surprising about quantum physics. Its philosophical implications are precisely what these cultures would expect, because it fits their worldview – specifically that consciousness creates physical matter, and not the other way around.
It seems that it never occurs to many Westerners that there’s nothing wrong, or strange, about quantum physics. The problem is with the Western worldview – the outdated notion that the physical world is “out there” and separate from your consciousness. Science itself has shown that this is not the case.
But all cultures commonly reject any evidence that goes against their cherished worldview. It seems that many humans have great difficulty accepting the possibility that their ideas about reality are simply wrong, or at least very limited, and often choose to continue clinging to obsolete beliefs rather than reexamining those beliefs.
[This article was previously published by the same author on www.thezenspirit.com]