This is the underlying problem: we have ignored a critical component of the cosmos, shunted it out of the way because we didn’t know what to do with it.
This component is consciousness.
Today’s preoccupation with unprovable physical “theories of everything” is a sacrilege to science itself, a strange detour from the purpose of the scientific method, whose bible has always decreed that we must question everything relentlessly and not worship what Bacon called “The Idols of the Mind.” Modern physics has become like Swift’s Kingdom of Laputa, flying precariously on an island above the Earth and indifferent to the world beneath. When science tries to resolve a theory’s conflicts by adding and subtracting dimensions to the universe like houses on a Monopoly board, dimensions unknown to our senses and for which not a shred of observational or experimental evidence exists, we need to take a time-out and examine our dogmas. And when ideas are thrown around with no physical backing and no hope of experimental confirmation, one may wonder whether this can still be called science at all. “If you’re not observing,” says a relativity expert, Professor Tarun Bismwas of the State University of New York, “There’s no point in coming up with theories.”
There is some spooky action at a distance
- David Wineland
All things are One
–Heraclitus, On the Universe (540 — 480BC)
THE ONLY THINGS WE PERCEIVE,
ARE OUR PERCEPTIONS
Cogito, ergo sum; I think, therefore I am
We can will ourselves to act, but we cannot will ourselves to will
.…the sense of personal free will arises solely from a habitual retrospective perspective of the ongoing flow of brain events.
–Bob Berman on experiments analyzing higher-order brain functions performed by Benjamin Libet.
In 1926 German physicist Max Born demonstrated that quantum waves are waves of probability, not waves of material.
It became obvious that mere knowledge in the experimenter’s mind is sufficient to cause the wave-function collapse. .… Countless attempts to get around this, by the greatest minds of the past century, have all failed. Our knowledge of the photon or electron path alone caused it to become a definite entity ahead of the previous time.
I know this business is free of contradictions, yet in my view it contains a
It has been a mystery ever since it was discovered more than fifty years ago, and all good theoretical physicists put this number up on their wall and worry about it. Immediately you would like to know where this number for a coupling comes from: is it related to Pi or perhaps to the base of natural logarithms? Nobody knows. It’s one of the greatest damn mysteries of physics: a magic number that comes to us with no understanding by man. You might say the ‘hand of God’ wrote that number, and ‘we don’t know how He pushed his pencil.’ We know what kind of a dance to do experimentally to measure this number very accurately, but we don’t know what kind of dance to do on the computer to make this number come out, without putting it in secretly!
–Richard Feynman on the electromagnetic constant
.…. time is not an absolute reality but a feature of our minds.
Time can be defined as the inner summation of spatial states; the same thing measured with our scientific instruments is called momentum. Space can be defined as position, as locked in a single frame. Thus, movement through space is an oxymoron
A path comes into existence only when you observe it
.…space and time are neither physical nor fundamentally real. They are conceptual, which means that space and time are of a uniquely subjective nature.
They are modes of interpretation and understanding.
Name the colors, blind the eye
In truth, there can be no break between the observer and the observed. If the two are split, the reality is gone.
But in addition to the bedrock illogic that seems to arise in classical science when tackling the fundamental questions, an additional, even more basic, problem arises. It is the dualistic nature of language, the way we think, and the limits of logic. Just as we cannot properly perceive what’s going on in the universe without incorporating the essence of perception itself, that is, consciousness, so too we cannot adequately discuss and understand the cosmos unless we have some notion of the nature and limitations of the tools used for discussion and understanding, namely language and the rational mind. After all, we are at this moment reading, and things will make sense or else fail to do so only within the matrix of the medium at hand. If the medium introduces a built-in bias, we should at least know about it.
We are too content with our sense organs. It is not sufficient to watch at the end of a nerve the dancing of photons. It is no longer enough to see as a man sees — even to the ends of the universe.
There is no separate physical universe outside of life and consciousness.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
It from Bit
.…every it — every particle, every field of force, even the space-time continuum itself — derives its function, its meaning, its very existence entirely — even if in some contexts indirectly — from the apparatus elicited answers to yes or no questions, binary choices.… bits.
The big yellow one is the sun!