…with the emphasis on Modern (as opposed to Newtonian).
Psychologist Gardner Murphy, president of the American Psychological Association and later of the American Society for Psychical Research, on parapsychology (Telepathy, ESP, etc.) and its relationship to physics:
“Psychologists may be a little bewildered when they encounter modern physicists who take these phenomena [ESP, telepathy, etc.] in stride, in fact, take them much more seriously than psychologists do, saying, as physicists, that they are no longer bound by the types of Newtonian energy distribution, inverse square laws, etc., with which scientists used to regard themselves as tightly bound.”
Quantum entanglement is the poster child of nonlocality. It has been observed not only at the subatomic level, but entanglement of molecules and even small diamonds have even been created in the laboratory. Surely such a phenomenon is not limited to the laboratory, but is likely occurring all around us. How frequently? We don’t know. It stands to reason, that if such a phenomenon occurs naturally, it may well occur within us, or between us. What if consciousness itself is an entanglement machine, and ESP is a byproduct?
Frecska and Luna of the National Institute for Psychiatry and Neurology in Budapest, present just such a neuro-ontological interpretation of spiritual experiences [Frecska E, Luna LE., “Neuro-ontological interpretation of spiritual experiences“. Neuropsychopharmacol Hung. 2006;8:143–153. MEDLINE]:
“The prevailing neuroscientific paradigm considers information processing within the central nervous system as occurring through hierarchically organized and interconnected neural networks. The hierarchy of neural networks doesn’t end at the neuroaxonal level; it incorporates subcellular mechanisms as well. When the size of the hierarchical components reaches the nanometer range and the number of elements exceeds that of the neuroaxonal system, an interface emerges for a possible transition between neurochemical and quantum physical events. ‘Signal nonlocality,’ accessed by means of quantum entanglement is an essential feature of the quantum physical domain. The presented interface may imply that some manifestations of altered states of consciousness, unconscious/conscious shifts have quantum origin with significant psychosomatic implications.”