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).
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.
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.
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.