If A Tree Falls

08/28/2019

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it still make a sound? This is one of the riddles of modern science.

The answer is that it depends on what you mean by “sound.” Philosophers argue that sound is a quality which exists only in our minds. Sir John Eccles, a neurophysiologist and Nobel Prize winner, put it this way:”I want you to realize that there exists no color in the natural world, and no sound – nothing of this kind; no textures, no patterns, no beauty, no scent.” What Eccles is saying is that the world is contained within the mind and not the other way around.

More confused?  Welcome to the world of quantum physics.  In quantum physics, quantum particles exist in all possible states simultaneously. They have distinct properties only after they are measured/observed (by human consciousness). So, science can never know where an electron (the basic building block of reality) is until they measure it because the electron, itself, is everywhere at once.

Human consciousness is the key. In that regard, physicist Bernard d’Espagnat said that, “The doctrine that the world is made up of objects whose existence is independent of human consciousness turns out to be in conflict with quantum mechanics and with facts established by experiment.” We live in a world that is affected and changed by our very existence. As physicist John Wheeler put it, “The universe does not exist ‘out there,’ independent of us. We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening. We are not only observers. We are participators.”

The native peoples of ancient times were much more in touch with nature (the universe) than we are today. For example, the Australian aboriginals have a saying which goes like this: “We are all visitors to this time, this place.  We are just passing through.  Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love…and then we return home.” Notice the first thing that they say about our purpose in life.  It’s to observe.

One could make the argument then, based on quantum physics, that we are observers (of the universe).  In actuality, we are an integral part of a conscious universe, a universe that is alive and evolving, a universe that is an all-pervasive sea of quantum energy which is constantly creating reality. Thank you to Bernaud d’Espagnat, John Wheeler and the Australian aboriginals for illuminating this matter for us.

 

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Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe that was created out of nothing and delicately balanced to provide exactly the conditions required to support life. In the absence of an absurdly improbable accident, the observations of modern science seem to suggest an underlying, one might say, supernatural plan.” –  Arno Penzias, physicist and Nobel laureate

 

 

 

One Response to “If A Tree Falls”

  1. babarahs said

    This is the kind of stuff I like…try my best to stay away from any negative stuff…and has cost me MANY facebook friends…oh welll…

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