Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe


Just the Facts Ma’am

Witches, Trump, Hitler & Quantum Physics Earthdate 2017.86

Witches have been working against Trump. But did you know they’d also  worked against Hitler? Hey, ‘you gotta use what you got, to get what you want’. But spells, really? A group of witches in the New Forest in the UK worked diligently to keep Hitler from ever crossing the English Channel. Can’t say it didn’t work, eh?

So, casting spells against an elected leader such as Trump is nothing new. But can it actually work? It turns out there are two areas of scientific research that speak to this, about whether or not we can change an outcome by thinking about it.

Like many people, you’ve probably had the experience here and there where you suddenly start thinking of someone you hadn’t heard from for a long time, and then bam the phone rings and it’s them. This happened to me recently. Old friends I’d lost touch with in Leipzig came up in conversation for me, and then a half hour later there was an email from them in my inbox. Sure, it could be just coincidence. But here are two areas of science that get at this question.

Non-locality—Spooky Action at a Distance. The first is something called ‘non-locality’ in quantum physics. This is what Einstein called ‘spooky action at a distance.’ I don’t pretend to understand it any deeper than the basic idea which goes like this. You’ve got two sub-atomic particles, bits of an atom and they had been paired up—energy-wise I believe, having to do with the electrical charges on them. Then you separate them physically. If something changes with one of them, the other will respond immediately, even when the particles are separated by miles. There is no previously understood method of energy transfer or communication that can explain it.

This non-locality business in physics is well-established and taken as fact now. So, understandably people have been wondering if this could explain some extra-sensory phenomenon and connections we experience with other people. Nadeau and Kafatos have a terrific book on this, The Non-Local Universe: The New Physics and Matters of the Mind.

So this brings me to the second type of research on this subject.

Studies of Prayer. In as much as prayer is another form of thought done alone or in groups that’s meant to make changes in the world, to me it’s akin to what Wiccans and others consider spells. Some studies on prayer find that it does make a difference, for example, when people prayed for women receiving fertility treatments. But other studies find it doesn’t work. Interestingly, one of the variables that may make the difference as to whether or not the target of the prayer knows. It may be that prayer works better when the recipient does NOT know about it!

 So, Wiccans, Witches and Warlocks of the world—schtum’s the word!