This Is Where Things Get Really Disconcerting

If you read my previous blog, “Why We’re Not in Kansas Anymore”, you will have some understanding of where I’m going next. The five-part format for our consensus reality that I laid out for you gives you five “scientific” reasons why it is completely bogus. We are used to considering anything supported by “scientific” evidence to be reliable and trustworthy. However, as the evidence I presented is based on principles of quantum physics, you might not be so willing to go along with it. After all, the discoveries of quantum physics are only about one hundred years old, and it may take longer than that to persuade you to change your outlook and belief system. At any rate, the revision of your mindset about reality is on its way, so you might as well start adapting to it.

Taking what I explained to you about the non-existence of physical reality as a foundation for proceeding further, let’s consider that what you are doing every day is taking place as essentially a mime performance. Remember that you are creating a seemingly physical reality out of your observation of it by collapsing wave function into the appearance of physical stuff. So, for example, if you are driving into town to do some shopping, you are simply miming the action of going out to your car (which you are just making up), opening one of its doors, getting into it, inserting a key into its ignition, starting its engine, and proceeding to drive it somewhere (also completely made up), viewing the passing landscape as you proceed (which also depends upon your observation of it to make it appear) as if it is really passing by (an amazing trick since space itself is an illusion).

Your ability as a mime is incredible. When you get hungry, you mime going to a restaurant, sitting at a table, ordering a meal, and then miming the action of eating with a non-existent fork and drinking out of a non-existent glass. You do this as skillfully as either Marcel Marceau or Charlie Chaplin could do it,

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yet you fail to appreciate your extraordinary ability.

Think of the holodeck on the Starship Enterprise. Your life is being acted out as a mimed performance in a holographic reality. There is no set. There are no props. Your power of visualization is so good, however, that you believe that you can see and feel the props that you pretend you are using. Actually, there is no holodeck either unless you consider your own consciousness to be one–which, most disturbingly, is the truth. And all this time you’ve been thinking that you’re dealing with a solid reality existing independently outside of yourself. Silly prat.

The implications of this situation would be grave if they weren’t so damned funny. No matter how important a mover and shaker you consider yourself to be on the world stage (an apt comparison wonderfully elaborated by Shakespeare), nothing happens. You mimed a lot of what you thought was important, even earth-shaking stuff, but it has no substance at all. You were enclosed in your own perception of reality the whole time (which isn’t real either) that you believed you were rearranging the deck chairs on a semblance of the Titanic so as to keep it afloat.

What matters is not where you stood on the stage or what you did with the props in front of the painted scenery, but how good a performance you gave of being who you are. Playing that part takes rare talent because it depends upon not taking the set, the props, or the scenery as being anything more than an occasion to be yourself, which requires that you love the part you are playing. When you’re done, you can take a very flamboyant bow.

Why We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

After much mulling on the subject, I’ve decided to construct a format for the reality that underlies the colossal fraud that we stubbornly sustain as our given physical circumstances, our “real” world inside which we pursue our lives.

1. Let’s begin with the Double-Slit Experiment. This experiment has been performed numerous times with increasingly better measuring instruments since its first performance in 1801. The conclusion is always the same: “things” (like an electron, a component of an atom, which in turn is a component of what we experience as physical reality) have two complementary states–either as waves or particles. In other words, what makes up our experience of physical reality is both real and unreal at the same time. When it is perceived to be real, we are observing it. When it is unreal, we are not. Notice that we don’t perceive it as unreal because the perception itself changes what is observed or perceived from being unreal to being real. The critical factor in this process is our consciousness. So, the basic implication is that “nothing exists until it is observed” (by a conscious observer, which includes any measuring device created by a conscious observer).

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2. Now let’s consider “The Copenhagen Interpretation” (circa 1925-1927). Danish physicist Niels Bohr is the main author of this view although other physicists provided support for it, most importantly, Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrodinger. In sum, this interpretation shows that “any look, anything that provides information, collapses the previously existing state.” And further, “Your observation not only creates a current reality, it also creates the history appropriate to that reality” (Quantum Enigma, 2006). What this means is that “There is no physical world ‘out there’ separate from the observer. . .” (Quantum Enigma, 2006).

3. Are you getting my drift so far? Now let’s add Hugh Everett III’s Many Worlds Interpretation of 1957. MWI says that we are part of the universal wave-function so that everything that could possibly happen with the collapse of the wave function does happen in parallel worlds or realities. This implies that each of us has an infinite number of probable selves who inhabit these other worlds and continue to follow other courses of development apart from the one we have chosen to follow. Mind-boggling, isn’t it? Every time we make a choice, other versions of ourselves continue to develop timelines based upon the choice or choices we didn’t make.

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4. Finally, let’s consider Physicist John Wheeler’s Delayed-Choice thought experiment (it was repeated more recently as an actual experiment and produced the same results). It’s an elaboration of the original Double-Slit Experiment and adds interferometers, which redirect the “paths” of particles fired at different target screens in such a way that the particles ought not be able to know in advance at which target screens they were fired. Nonetheless, the particles are not fooled and readjust their final impacts from information in their futures. In other words, they create their own destinies backwards in time. This is facilitated by the fact that the particles, while “traveling” between their origin and their final destination, cease to exist! It’s the observation of both starting place and final destination that gives any reality to the experiment in the first place.

5. Just for grins, let’s add the compelling theory (it’s more than just probable) that our entire universe is a hologram, including ourselves, and that our brains, as holographic processors, are responsible for creating what we think is “out there” as an objective, independently-existing reality.

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What are you left with? The inevitable conclusion that your life is a confabulation and a lie. There is no Kansas, no planet earth on which Kansas exists, no solar system, no galaxy, and ultimately no physical universe. Everything is just made up by what we are taught to believe and by the severe limitations of our sensory input. We are living in a dream of our own creation. As long as we know that it is a dream, we do little harm. But when we make distinctions and then act on them as if they were real, we create nightmares. Good luck with that.

Just remember the five simple factors of your new experience:

1. The Double-Slit Experiment

2. The Copenhagen Interpretation

3. The Many-Worlds Interpretation

4. The Delayed-Choice Experiment

5. The Holographic Universe

NOW you can find your way home.