There are a number of forces in the universe that act to attract things to each other that science already accepts as laws, or forces of attraction. We mostly think of gravity; unless of course you are able to recall some of your basic high school science classes that refer to the four fundamental interactions, or forces at work in the universe around us. Don't worry, I won't be boring you with any of that and if you want to know more just click on the enclosed hyperlink to research more information on those to your heart's content.
But back to our basic question here about a force of attraction that supposedly responds to thought and is capable of redefining reality to any individuals personal preference; which is the focus of claims made by The Secret. Does this have any scientific basis, or is it merely a fond desire and hope inspired belief that we can control the future with just our minds?
metaphysical view of the universe. The scientist will tell you about clumping forces that have created all the galaxies, their stars and the planets that orbit them; held together by the force of gravity. But they will scoff at anything that might suggest our mind has any influence on the scale of the broader cosmos.
The other fundamental interactions come more into play at the subatomic levels. And since we know all matter is really just super-condensed energy (Einstein's famous E = mc2 proof), we also know that condensed energy is actually just attracting other condensed energy. So can we make the stretch to suggest that concentrated mental energy can attract other energy that is otherwise unassociated with thought? Tougher sell right? But is it?
It's like a big movie we all create together. And then we decide to live inside that movie to experience the adventure we created for each other. The back lot for this movie set is the physical universe, as we all agree to experience it and each act in the movie is created scene by scene in our own individual episodes of life.
Science is out there inspecting the results of our movie building project to make sure it all conforms to the approved standards of physics and so forth. And then they report back to the rest of us that: "yep, it's all authentic and you can trust it to persist indefinitely". That's good news for all of us who own real estate. Now what about making the leap from unmeasurable mental energy having the desired effect on measurable external energy that creates the physical stuff we want to bend into our preferred future vision of reality? Well, the thing to remember is that energy is largely just a big potentiality until it is employed to do something special. It's all around us constantly, but isn't energy in the classic sense. It isn't even measurable until we decide to channel it's potential to do something with it - when we complete the circuit so to speak.