Strange Attractors

Strange Attractors

Creative visualisation means using the imagination to picture events that one wants to experience in reality. Repeatedly bringing this imagery to mind produces increasing expectation: a well-known phenomenon. The same effect can be produced by affirmations, meaning simply repeating to yourself the description of the event or situation. The result is that bias confirmation is likely to happen more and more often. All straightforward standard science, it is the implications in the QBism world that are so extraordinary.

In a personal, QBism reality, defined solely by the world hologram, each biased observation added to the world hologram means that the expected events really are ever more likely to be experienced taking place in reality. And at the same time, as confirmation is received, expectation is further increased. This is happening! Which leads to more confirmation bias. So a cumulative cycle is set up. Technically, the result is a ‘strange attractor’.


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. Another simple example of an attractor is the way a cup of tea cools to room temperature. The temperature of the environment is an attractor for the temperature of any object in the environment because all objects tend to cool down or warm up to the temperature of the surroundings.
In both these examples, 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 cup of tea at room temperature. 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 shows the Lorenz attractor a 3D example from mathematics. 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.

Lorenz_AttractorA phenomenon of this nature operates in the reality of the individual, in that the system tends to gravitate towards expectations being fulfilled. In effect, expectations act as strange attractors in the system. The effect occurs because expectation gives rise to biased observations; and each biased observation defines the outcome of the expectation as more likely than before. As a result, whatever one strongly expects, becomes more and more likely to be experienced, as biased observations are added to the definition of the world hologram. This is not just because one behaves in such a way as to fulfil the expectation, though of course that may be a contributing factor. The point here is that the biased observations in and of themselves alter the probabilities, so that the expected outcomes are more likely to be experienced.

The Law of Attraction

There is a popular idea called the law of attraction, that creative visualisation alters reality. Obviously, just having a thought does not alter the physical reality of the world one jot. You would have to ignore the most fundamental principles of physics to believe in that. It has been said that this does alter physical reality through ‘quantum non-locality’. It does not. Quantum entanglement and non-locality mean that two seemingly separate quantum particles can be strangely connected, but there is absolutely no way this can account for anything going on in the mind affecting the physical reality itself in any way. As has been repeatedly demonstrated there cannot be any causal influence. However, in a personal world it is exactly as if this does happen. But it is not that thinking about something ‘in here’ in any way affects the physical reality ‘out there’. That is completely impossible. But expectation, and the resulting confirmation bias, do alter the path you follow through the infinite possibilities of the universe, by altering which steps you take into the future. This is why destiny is not fixed, but interactive in this kind of world. So life really is a game.

The Rules of Play

There are two different levels of rules, those that make visualisations effective, and those that make them safe. To make them work requires repetition, intensity and above all no negation. It is absolutely vital to address what you want in positive terms meaning it must be literally what you want, and not the avoidance of what you don’t want. The reason is simple. The unconscious mind does not recognise or acknowledge negation. So what you are actually affirming is the thing you don’t want. ‘Stop smoking’ just means that smoking becomes more something the unconscious will focus on, while stopping, with respect to things generally in life, will also be enhanced. Phrasing the desired outcome in positive terms is more obviously of direct importance in affirmations, but applies to visualisations as well.

Repetition is important because the thought will become a habit of mind. Then the unconscious goes on repeating it to you, and thus it acquires influence. Intensity is as important as repetition, but this is more a matter of practice and skill. The more vivid you can make your visualisations, and your responses to your affirmations, the more effective they become in this regard because the unconscious takes them as more real.

In order to make visualisations safe it is vital to make sure the visualised circumstances do no harm to anyone. The key point here is that the effect of visualisations is holistic. They work in a bizarrely global way because they affect your personal world, and it is defined solely by your record of observations, as described in The Perceiving Subject. So in effect the visualisation affects everything everywhere, including you. So if you wish harm to someone, that or something like it is just as likely to happen to you as to them. Best avoided.