Jeanette Paige Fairheart hates spiders, so she crushes them with her mind, somehow.
And somehow Archie the Strong Man, thin as a twig, makes a name for himself in the circus lifting enormous weights, horses, and once the town hall!
Neenee, a civil war nurse, somehow heals the useless, torn limbs of soldiers in a matter of days.
Super human characters make for exciting, popular stories, as franchises like The Avengers, Batman, and Spiderman show, but often we writers struggle with a little thing called ‘believability’. The answer to that somehow. But I may have found what we’ve been searching for.
It’s called Quantum Physics, yo!
Quantum physics, notoriously difficult to understand, should be investigated thoroughly before throwing it around a story, but I, with my basic understanding of it, will point you in the right direction.
Why it’s useful: In the world of Quantum Physics, anything is possible as long as we will it to be with our minds. The general theory suggests that the MIND (intention) is capable of controlling energy. Which is handy because everything, even matter, is made of energy.
How it works: Energy comes in units. These units are like both waves and particles. And it is physically impossible to measure both the speed and location of a unit. If you try to measure one, the measurement of the other will be less precise. So what you measure, what your mere intention is, changes a quality of the particle.
Now read about Schrodinger’s cat experiment. He must have hated cats: http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/Schrodingers-cat
Also helps to know what “superposition” is: http://searchcio-midmarket.techtarget.com/definition/superposition
So, every outcome (cat living or dying) is possible. It all happens simultaneously. Which event manifests itself in actuality depends on the observer’s intention. Here’s another website with explanations and more experiments on this. Read about the slit experiment: http://library.thinkquest.org/3487/qp.html
If you still don’t understand, Deepok Chopra’s book, “The Spontaneous Fullfillment of Desire”, actually explains this concept really well. It’s also full of wisdom and lots of nice little mantras. If you’re into the meditation thing. I am.
Let’s take further the idea that intention influences energy in the universe. Energy is everything. Even matter – its not really solid, it’s just the vibrating particles that feel solid to us. Think Matrix – the spoon isn’t there. That’s how Neo was able to move it, in theory.
So now it’s not quite as far fetched if a character can move objects with his mind, have super strength or healing powers. It’s all just energy, after all. Nice, manageable, manipulatable energy. It’s not even solid.
Try a little experiment yourself to see how you can control energy with your mind: http://www.mind-energy.net/archives/41-Feel-energy-between-your-hands.html . Feel the repulsion! It’s crazy!
Maybe I’m plain nuts, in which case please inform me so, so I can go get help. But think of the possibilities Quantum physics has in a story! It’s really weird science, and I am no physicist, but maybe the ideas I presented here can be useful to some of your writing. Let me know what you think.