Consciousness in education: Quantum mechanics and education paradigms.

Year: 2019

Author: Turner, Kristina, Wilson, Anat, Atwa, Shaimaa

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Current education paradigms were informed by the classical Newtonian worldview of human brain functioning in which the mind is nothing more than the physical activity of the brain, and our thoughts cannot have any effect upon our bodies or the physical world. However, researchers in the field of Quantum Mechanics find that the outcomes of certain subatomic experiments are determined by the consciousness of the observer, leading philosophers to propose that the observed and the observer are linked. Quantum Mechanics also demonstrates that distant minds may behave in simultaneous correlational ways, in the absence of being linked through any known energetic signal. Further, researchers in this field propose that an external memory space is operating in the human brain, suggesting that this proposed external memory space may be a quantum field which surrounds the brain and interacts with other fields, generating a global mental field of information flow. This paper proposes that the current education paradigms which have been informed by a classical physics worldview may need to be expanded to include a Quantum Mechanics worldview. The authors invite discussion and debate around this proposal and speculation on the implications this would have for current education systems.