Pauli became the namesake behind an eerie phenomenon called the “Pauli effect,” which supposed that humans could disrupt electronics through some kind of “macro-psychokinetic” phenomena. The “effect” name became attributed to Pauli because of the inordinate number of times that his presence seemed to have broken experimental equipment. It is said that his friend, the experimental physicist Otto Stern, even banned Pauli from his lab for fear that his equipment would be damaged.
Pauli himself explained his beliefs somewhat esoterically when he professed to believe in “the existence of relatively constant psychic contents that survive personal ego…All we can observe is their effect on other living people, whose spiritual level and whose personal unconscious crucially influence the way these contents actually manifest themselves.”
Basically, Pauli believed in psychokinesis before there was an agreed upon name for it.
I’ve always been fascinated by this topic because of the inordinate number of times I myself have seemed to have caused electronics to misfire and malfunction….is this just Pauli and me being paranoid, or is there a way in which consciousness can actually infect machinery??