The Game of Life

The effect of our expectations is constantly moulding the future of the personal world as a whole. The game of life reacts to your expectations.

Wizard 101

Every possible version of the future exists in the quantum universe. It is the domain of all possible worlds. The effect of confirmation bias means we are more likely to wind up in the future we expect.

How does this work? Let’s say I expect my political party to win the next election. As a result of confirmation bias, I misread some statistics so that they show the party is doing really well. As a result I am in a different version of the world than I would have been, the world defined by this observation. And in this version of the world the success of this party is more likely. So the probability of my experiencing the future I expect is increased.

Surreal, but that is the logic. It is genuinely surreal because it works by switching you to an adjacent, slightly different version of reality. This explains why visualisation does not always work, or even often. The observations have to change. Confirmation bias has to operate.

The cumulative effect of the bias on observations caused by confirmation bias tends to steer your world toward versions of the future in which the expectations are fulfilled. The expectation acts as a ‘strange attractor’.

Strange Attractors

In physics, the term attractor means a state towards which a system tends to gravitate. Gravity itself is a simple example. A ball dropped on a slope tends to roll towards the bottom. In relation to gravity, the bottom of the hill is an attractor. Here the attractor is obvious in the way it works. And the end result is a specific condition, the ball at the bottom of the slope. The concept of attractors is described in Wikipedia.

There is also a rather different sort of attractor that is often found in complex systems, a strange attractor. This sort of attractor does not give rise to a simple, specific outcome, but a loosely defined tendency in the system. Rather than one specific outcome, a strange attractor gives rise to a particular pattern or type of behaviour in the system. The image below shows the Lorenz attractor, a 3D example from mathematics. It can be seen in action on Wikimedia. This is a pattern traced out by a mathematical formula in a program on a computer. The program traces out a shape that always gravitates towards this distinctive pattern. The shape of the pattern is a strange attractor.

The Lorenz attractor
The Lorenz attractor

Your expectations act as strange attractors in the personal world. The effect occurs because expectation gives rise to biased observations, and each biased observation means that the fulfilment of the expectation becomes a bit more likely than before. The reason is that each biased observation means you exist in a version of the world where the expected future is more likely. A greater number of worlds in your metaworld have this in the future, in the worlds where you just made this biased observation.

Creative Visualisation

This is the explanation for the unreasonable effectiveness of ‘creative visualisation’. Visualisation simply means forming a mental image of something, or just bringing some image to mind. Creative visualisation is the deliberate production of mental images in the mind’s eye, generating something new. As a standard practice in psychology this is a well-known concept as described in Wikipedia.

There is also the idea that generating images of something you want will lead to it becoming real. This is creative visualisation in the new age sense – Wikipedia. In your personal world this would be an obvious implication. Repeated visualisation gives rise to mental habituation which generates expectation. This gives rise to confirmation bias, and thus a strange attractor. Thus effectively, the reality becomes more and more like the induced expectation.

It means one can steer the path of the personal world, little by little. By visualising desired circumstances we create strange attractors. This biases the sequence of observations in life toward worlds in which these desired circumstances become reality. The technology is described in Creative Visualisation.

The timeless myth of the wizard is a poetic depiction of real principles that are fully operational in the personal world. We just have to learn how to pull the sword from the stone. Nothing physical happens. There is no Harry Potter magic. This is superworld physics. Your superworld is entirely defined by your mind. So when you make something real in your mind, it is not unreasonable that there should be a corresponding effect in the personal world.

The key is to understand the extraordinary position one holds with respect to one’s world. The game of life is much greater in scope and vastly more involved than we have conceived. Now it is time to play with a full deck.

The next section is Quantum Karma.