Self-talk as wave function collapse . . . an analogy of potentiality?
Very generally speaking "quantum collapse" is an interpretation of quantum mechanics that refers to the transition of a quantum system from a superposition of states (many possible states) to a component state (only one of those states). The process is also known as "collapse of the wave function or collapse of quantum states" and this collapse is "historically thought to be caused by a measurement, and thus dependent on the role of an observer."
Am I really going to be talking about quantum collapse and what it's about or when it occurs? Only figuratively and in non-quantum physics terms, that's why this post is analogous.
The non-physics transition I'm referring to herein is from "many possible interpretations or stories" (superposition of states) of "what is in the moment" to only one interpretation or story (component state) of "what is in the moment".
From this perspective of "superposition" (many possible interpretations), "self-talk" is the mechanism that allows recognition of when that single interpretation or story (component state) of "what is in the moment" occurs (manifests).
From an unlimited potential of sensory data (information and energy) flooding into (my) consciousness at any given moment . . . I end up paying active attention to a mere fraction of that sensory data; coming forth with a singular interpretation or story . . . "I'm really in the mood for some mint chip ice cream!"
Hmmm . . . what caught my attention here? Mint chip ice cream? No, it's the realization that at any point in time I apparently exist within a "superposition of states" (potentiality). Meaning, until the "collapse" into a "component state" (specific interpretation or story) occurs . . . all superposition of states and potentiality . . . exists as "all stories" disguised as "non-stories", until "self-talk" collapses them into a "particular story".
Meaning that inner silence (no self-talk) arguably can perpetuate a state of nothingness? And only when there is "self-talk" (quantum collapse) does "something" appear to come into being from "nothing"? (After all, what is "potentiality" if not something "coming into existence"?)
So the emerging realization is . . . don't pursue or hang out with nothingness (silence) for the sake of nothingness (silence), but for the sake of coming into existence?
So my daily perceptual (interpretive) reality comes into existence . . . story-by-story . . . and attending to self-talk is a means of de-limiting limiting interpretations? Hmmm.
Be that as it may, whether any quantum collapse (particular story) comes about because of conditioning (habit), biological imperative (hunger), cognitive function (wishful thinking), emotional reliance (anger), psychological dissonance (ambiguity) or some other basis . . . will just have to wait for (a quantum collapse?) another day while I ponder this.