What’s the implication of  “I know that I know nothing,” a saying derived from Plato’s account of the Greek philosopher Socrates?  Well, if arguably the smartest man doesn’t know, why do we think that we do?

Specifically, this can be applied to science and our understanding of the universe.  It was none other than Albert Einstein who said that man would never be able to grasp the universe. Einstein believed that reality is an illusion.  Max Planck, the father of quantum theory, explained why that is so when he disclosed that matter does not exist. Yeah, if matter does not exist, that’s a real dilemma. For what is it then that our physical senses perceive? Einstein’s illusion?

The main problem in understanding the universe is that we can’t see the bigger picture.  That is, we an infinitesimal speck in a universe, in a sea of universes which exist in other realities/dimensions. However, we cannot observe beyond space and time.  Our understanding of the universe is limited to our observations of causality which is most often limited to the effect (and not the cause).  We cannot tell what the source is or where it’s located.

Here’s a couple of gems, though, that science has come up with:

  • Our DNA is self-organizing, self-directing and self-replicating, and far more complicated than our most advanced supercomputers… almost a life form unto itself.
  • Everything in the universe, including ourselves, is nothing more than probability waves that coalesce into particles…only after they are observed. 

What we have, in essence, is an intelligent, conscious and ever-evolving universe.  No wonder Einstein said that man could never understand it.

“All that there is – is consciousness, a circle of life with no beginning and no end.  We are all connected, part of the same infinite energy that exists beyond space time and at the same time interpenetrates the physical world.”  – TheEthicalWarrior, Who Moved My Cheese (Universe)

They say that life mimics art.  What if I told you that life also imitates a flashlight? Sounds too preposterous, right? Let me explain.

Picture a dark room. Pitch black.  Movement cannot be detected even if it exists.  Now picture a flashlight in that room. The flashlight, of course, has an energy source (a battery).  So, we all know what happens when the flashlight is turned on…photons of light are emitted from the flashlight and as a result the room becomes illuminated.  Where there was only darkness, now there is light (life).  You could say that life begins and that the source of that life is the flashlight (battery).

So, what happens when the flashlight is turned off.  Did light (life) end? 

The answer is that life, like the flashlight, exists in a state of potentiality. Sub-atomic particles exist in all possible states simultaneously. They have distinct properties only after they are observed (by human consciousness). It gives new meaning to what physicist John Wheeler said: “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 process by which consciousness creates life has been well-known within scientific circles for almost 100 years.  However, it’s a dirty little secret that the masses were not supposed to know about…but, of course, now you know.

Epilogue

Even religion has its own version of life mimicking a flashlight, as follows: “Now the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.  And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” – Genesis 1: 2-3

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

 

 

 

 

As many of you know, I have posted many articles on the weirdness of our universe.  Science has investigated this weirdness and what they have found defies description (see link for the video entitled, “Einstein’s Nightmare, The Secrets of Quantum Physics” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TftGVf5345g).  Here’s a few of the findings from the video:

  • Everything that we regard as real is made up of things that cannot themselves be regarded as real.
  • Reality, itself, defies all common sense so that everything that we thought we knew might turn out to be completely wrong.
  • 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.
  • Einstein’s version of reality was not correct
  • What Einstein called “spooky action” exists, it’s just that we don’t know what it is. In the end, even Einstein had to admit to the weirdness of quantum physics.

However, the insurmountable challenge for science is to, in effect, reverse engineer reality. I say insurmountable because all they can observe and measure is the result, never the cause. That’s the very nature of quantum physics.  The source of reality lies beyond space and time where the rules are totally different than they are here.

The universe is the end result of something from another place and time, assuming that they even exist in any meaningful way that we could grasp. That is, the source is not only beyond space and time but it is infinitely beyond our ability to comprehend it.  The world, it turns out, is not physical but rather non-physical.  It is not rational but rather unpredictable.  In fact, the world cannot be predicted.  As they demonstrated in the video, the spinning coin only comes up heads or tails after we observe it.

It was physicist John Wheeler who famously stated, “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.” Now that’s spooky action for you.

And exactly what does that make us?

 

 

 

 

Physicists realize that when you split the atom into smaller and smaller pieces, eventually the atoms lack solidarity altogether.  The atoms dissolve into fields of energy. As a result, Nobel Prize winning physicist Louis de Broglie stated that matter arises from electromagnetic fields of energy. It’s fair to say, then, that matter is simply a physical representation of energy fields in our visible, three-dimensional universe.

One way of looking at the universe is that it is nothing more than the amalgamation of the periodic table of elements, basically matter and gases. These elements are not the building blocks of the universe because they, themselves, break down into energy fields.  Even if you believed that consciousness emerges from matter, the basic building block of the atom is an energy field. In that event, the source of consciousness is an energy field.

So, what is the universe, then, and how can we best describe it?  Well, the concept of an energy field is a rather amorphous one.  When it’s faced with this type of dead-end, science simply refers to it as dark matter or dark energy. That is, all the stuff in the universe that they haven’t found yet (by some estimates 85% of the universe), but if they had found it would explain “creation.”

Note:  See the problem? The stuff that created the universe has never been found.  It’s not in the matter and gases that have been observed in the physical universe.

As for the mind, the mind, like dark energy, has never been found by science.  It apparently does not reside in the brain.  What we can hypothesize about both the mind and dark energy is that they must be either invisible (and undetectable) or lie outside of the universe.

This ties in to the “spooky action” problem in science.  That’s where particles are aware of the actions of other particles which lie completely across the universe with no contact of any kind. This has been proven over and over again by experiment without a scientific explanation of any kind. However, what if the universe is one giant, unified field of energy or that all particles were connected to such a field of energy that lied outside of the universe. That could easily explain spooky action.

Something akin to that has already been discovered by Russian molecular biologist Pjotr Gariaiev who worked on The Human Genome Project. What he found is a process by which our DNA functions similarly to a biological internet.  The actual communication process involves an energy field that all life exists in, an energy field that connects all living cells through what’s referred to as a non-local area phenomena; that is, outside of space and time.

Quantum physics has discovered the existence of something that is generally referred to as the Zero Point Field. It is an all-pervasive sea of quantum energy in the universe. It is characterized by virtual particles which mysteriously appear and disappear out of nowhere, all within a fraction of a second. It is one of the reasons why physicist David Bohm believes that a quantum field is the true source of our reality, a quantum field which is projected from another realm that is beyond space and time.

What we have is a lot of questions and a lot of theories based on a lot of assumptions. Epicurus must be turning over in his grave. In the end, science will be faced with the proposition that the answers to their big questions all lie beyond space and time. It appears that we never meant to understand the mysteries of the universe. Albert Einstein even said as much.

 

“I regard matter as derivative from consciousness.”   – Max Planck, physicist

 

A couple of posts ago I started with this: “Science says that the universe is missing.  Missing, you understand. They can’t find the ‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy,’ assuming that they even exist.  Actually, at this point in time, they’re simply part of a formula on a chalkboard and nothing more.” Well, some of you have asked so here’s my answer to the question of whether or not the universe is really missing.

First, it’s important to define the term “universe.” Most people, indeed some scientists, believe that the universe is what I refer to as a closed system. That is, the universe is all there is.  As a result, the laws of physics don’t always explain everything.  That is, there are anomalies that science can’t deal with.  Today, many scientists are in search of The Theory of Everything so that they can finally explain these anomalies. The core of that search is the quantification of gravity and quantum mechanics.  Of course, it would help if we actually knew what gravity is, but we don’t.

The problem has been somewhat recognized by science because they realize that there must have been something before The Big Bang.  So, now for example, we have multiverse theory (e.g. parallel universes).  In theory, that’s a start.  However, the problem is much bigger than that.

What we need is an understanding of everything in creation – the universe, the multiverse, the sub-atomic quantum world and most importantly…the source of all creation.  That’s why there was a lot of chatter about scientists finding the Higgs Boson or The God Particle.  However, even if it was a God particle, it’s merely a particle of this three- dimensional universe and nothing more.  Okay, four-dimensional if you’re counting space-time.

Dark matter and dark energy are not “missing.” They are simply constructs in a mathematical formula which doesn’t reflect all of reality. Dark matter and dark energy are necessary in cosmology for one reason and one reason only: to complete a formula written on a chalkboard; a formula which, at its best, measures only our known universe.  Nikola Tesla put it best when he said that, “Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.”

Physicist David Bohm has stated that the true source of our reality is projected from another realm which is beyond space and time. A projection you understand; actually a holographic projection, a holographic universe. And the physics of holograms is different from the physics of our so-called material world. A lot different. Actually, the sub-atomic quantum world is already known to have different physics.  Thus, the search for the Theory of Everything.

So, how does the search for the Theory of Everything end? Unfortunately, it ends badly since science cannot observe beyond space and time.  All we’ll ever get is theories, and nothing more. Life, and science, requires cause and effect and there’s no way to always be able to observe the cause, especially if it’s coming from beyond space and time (outside of our universe).  Therefore, it will always be impossible to prove the existence of a Creator and likewise impossible to scientifically refute one either. One thing I’m pretty sure of, though, is that dark matter and dark energy, at some point, will not be part of future scientific theories.  Such is the nature of science, that it is always changing.

The universe isn’t missing.  We just haven’t found it yet.

 

All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”  – Max Planck, physicist

 

Science says that the universe is missing.  Missing, you understand. They can’t find the “dark matter” and “dark energy,” assuming that they even exist.  Actually, at this point in time, they’re simply part of a formula on a chalkboard and nothing more.

Then, there’s the trivial matter that the universe shouldn’t even exist.  Of course, it does.  Well, doesn’t it? The backstory/theory goes something like this. The Big Bang was supposedly the beginning of all life.  According to the laws of physics, the universe is composed of matter and anti-matter in exactly equal and offsetting amounts. As a result, the universe should have been cancelled out and, therefore, we should not exist – according to the laws of physics, you understand.

Then, there’s the question of what came before the Big Bang?  This is a rather sticky wicket, so to speak. Science doesn’t know what came before the Big Bang, and actually it’s not their fault because it’s impossible for anyone to ever know. That’s because science is based on observation and measurement and, as John Horgan said in his book entitled The End of Science, we can’t observe what took place before the Big Bang because it is outside of space and time.  How about singularities, then? I won’t bother trying to explain what a singularity is… because I don’t know. As for science, they seem pretty confused on the subject as well.  For example, physicist Andrew Strominger of Harvard University stated that, “A singularity is when we don’t know what to do.  What’s so embarrassing about singularities is that we can’t predict what’s going to come out of it.” Yeah, that is pretty embarrassing.

According to science, inflation is the dynamite at the core of The Big Bang Theory.  However, Dr. Michael Turner, a cosmologist at the University of Chicago, stated that, ‘If inflation is the dynamite behind the Big Bang, we’re still looking for the match.”  Myself, I would say that they should actually be looking for the matchmaker.  Bottom line: If you can’t identify the matchmaker, you can’t possibly write the true laws of physics.

Some scientists today have come to believe that there must be things beyond our universe.  As a result, science has “progressed” to string theory, multiverse theory and simulation theory, just to name a few. 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.” Then, there is Max Planck who believes that consciousness is fundamental to Nature. If either of those gentlemen are correct, the only conclusion that I can draw is that we have absolutely no idea who we are as a species.

Science has reached its fundamental limits and yet we have a number of major loose ends at this point. There’s the matchmaker, the observers/participators (according to Wheeler) and consciousness. With such big issues, seemingly with no answers, who really cares, then, if the universe is missing?

 

“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.”  – Bernard d’Espagnat, physicist

 

 

If you’re familiar with the Schrodinger’s Cat paradox, then you know that science grapples with the question of what reality is and, therefore, whether anything that you believe in is real.

In that regard, Einstein said that reality was an illusion. Philosopher Immanuel Kant argued that time and space were not inherent qualities of the physical world but rather a reflection of the way the mind operates. In other words, time is a function of consciousness. Astronomer, physicist Arthur Eddington summed it up pretty well when he wrote that, “In the world of physics…the shadow of my elbow rests on the shadow table as the shadow ink flows over the shadow paper…the frank realization that physical science is concerned with a world of shadow…”

Despite this, people think that they can discern reality with their physical senses, or at least they only acknowledge that which they physically experience. I guess that they never read Lincoln Barnett who wrote, in The Universe and Dr. Einstein, “Along with philosophers’ reduction of all objective reality to a shadow-world of perceptions, scientists have become aware of the alarming limitations of man’s senses.” People simply ignore what science has been trying to tell them and focus only on what their physical senses experience. They think that their physical senses can tell the difference between what is real and what is an illusion. Never mind that the brain cannot tell the difference between what is ”real” and what is vividly imagined.

So to better understand what the average person thinks about the world around him, I asked a number of people what a desk was made of. They generally answered wood. So, I asked where did the wood come from and they answered that it came from a tree. So, I inquired what a tree was composed of and a few said molecules… and the molecules were composed of atoms. Now, here’s where thinks get a little murky.

Science says that atoms are 99.99999999% empty space! So, what is a desk really made of? The answer is almost exclusively empty space.  Your senses cannot cannot tell you that the desk is really empty space. Well, almost-empty space since there is no such thing as empty space.

Aside: It is the quantum field that physicist David Bohm said is the true source of our reality. Our physical world, according to Bohm, is projected from another realm which is beyond space and time. A projection you understand.

It is said that perception is reality. That’s somewhat true but woefully incomplete. Perception is what we use to define that which we “think” is real. However, we cannot perceive the true reality (the quantum field) and so our beliefs are based upon an illusion as Einstein would have it, an illusion created by our physical senses. Theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg elaborated on our inability to perceive reality in his now-famous Uncertainty Principle for which he received the Nobel Prize in physics. However, why would people want to study Heisenberg when they believe that they understand what is real (based on their own personal sensory experience). In fact, the smarter that a person is the less likely that they will question their own physical senses.

The famous Double-Slit Experiment forever changed the way that science viewed the way that things work. Prior to the experiment, objects were deemed to be separate from human consciousness. Afterwards, it was clearly understood that the observer was an integral part of the experiment and affected the outcome. 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.” Try understanding that with your physical senses.

Occasionally, scientists actually call their own theories into question. This happened recently with experiments performed by CERN scientists using the CERN collider.

They were doing experiments looking for asymmetry in the universe. Instead of finding asymmetry, they found that there was complete symmetry between matter and antimatter in their experiments. Their conclusion was that, under those circumstances, the universe should not even exist! What’s left unsaid in all of this is why they were looking for asymmetry in the first place and exactly what did they mean that the universe should not exist? Here’s the backstory.

There are only two kinds of scientists. Stop me if you have heard me say this before. Two kinds of scientists – those that believe that God exists and those that don’t. Those scientists that do not believe in a creator god would go looking for asymmetry in the universe; those that do believe in God, would go looking for symmetry. Again, the CERN scientists went looking for asymmetry. Why? Obviously, because they do not believe in a creator god.

The reasoning for why the universe shouldn’t exist goes something like this. A universe formed by Nature (i.e. The Big Bang) would produce something that is asymmetrical. Otherwise, the matter and antimatter would cancel each other out and the universe would not exist.

However, if the universe is symmetrical as the CERN scientists found, why does the universe exist at all? How is that possible? The answer is that there would have to be some unseen force that holds it all together. Here are a few explanations of that “force” from some well-known scientists:

  • French physicist Bernard d’Espagnat claimed that the true reality of creation was outside of space and time.
  • Theoretical physicist James Gates says that his research demonstrates that the equations which describe the fundamental nature of the universe contain embedded computer codes. In other words, we exist in a virtual reality matrix.
  • The book The Holographic Universe which is based on the work of physicist David Bohm, a protege of Albert Einstein, and quantum physicist Karl Pribram theorizes that our reality is based on frequencies that have been projected into our universe from a realm that is beyond both space and time.

So, the CERN scientists went looking for asymmetry and instead they found what, Mister Goodbar? Well, some will surely argue that they found evidence that God exists. Why don’t the CERN scientists just state the obvious, then? Well, because they don’t believe in God as I mentioned before. Their scientific theories are based on an ideology; namely, that God does not exist. So, the result of their experiment that the universe is symmetrical will be discarded in due course as just another unexplained anomaly because as evolutionary biologist Richard Lewontin admitted …”we can’t allow a Divine Foot in the door.”

 

 

“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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The truth is a funny thing. Everybody has a different take on it and everybody is convinced that they are right. So, here’s one version of the truth.

The truth is… that we are not physical beings, per se. All life forms in the universe are composed of energy which are vibrating at such a low level that they condense, so to speak, into matter.

The truth is… that our universe is mathematical in nature. For example, cosmologist Max Tegmark has stated that our external physical reality is a mathematical structure. Further, physicist James Gates says that his research shows that certain theories which describe the fundamental nature of the universe contain embedded computer codes (that’s ones and zeros, and nothing else).

The truth is… that your reality is simply what you perceive it to be. Perception is everything, as the mind can’t tell the difference between what is “real” and what is vividly imagined. In that regard, philosopher Immanuel Kant reasoned that time and space are not inherent qualities of the physical world but rather a reflection of the way the mind operates; that is, the entire universe exists within the mind, not the other way around.

The truth is… the world is holographic and we exist in a virtual reality matrix. Our perception of reality is what Einstein has referred to as an “optical illusion of consciousness.” This issue was brilliantly explained in the movie The Matrix where Morpheus tells Neo, “If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by the brain.”

The truth is… that our universe is, in actuality, a simulation. By that, I mean that we exist in a reality that has been artificially constructed, as evidenced by James Gates’ computer codes.  Even our DNA is like a computer program, as Bill Gates has attested to.  Further, the new scientific field of DNA Wave Genetics postulates that our DNA is a bio-computer.  Of course, it was none other than Albert Einstein who said that space/time was a construct.

The truth is… that there is an intelligence in the universe (and/or beyond it) that is responsible for the existence of our reality.  Great minds like Plato, Einstein, Planck, Michio Kaku, Arno Penzias and Francis Crick, among many others, have said as much. Even ardent evolutionists like George Wald and Antony Flew have admitted that intelligence is the most likely cause of life in the universe.

The truth is… that there really is no such thing as the truth. All things are allowed and there is an infinite number of possibilities for us to choose from. When you grapple with a major decision in your life, your choice has already been made. All other possible choices have also already been made (and chosen in some alternative universe).  You are simply attracting into your life, and into this universe, that specific decision that harmonizes with your own dominant thoughts.

So if there actually is such a thing as an answer to your questions, the answer… is you. 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.” If that doesn’t work for you, simply take the blue pill and go back to sleep.

 

Epilogue

You may recall that I have previously discussed what I refer to as “the video game effect.” That is, we are all participants in a virtual reality matrix where all the characters are holographic (remember Tron). That doesn’t make us any less real, but it certainly does change our view of the world.

And that’s the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me….

 

 

“Life is the most mysterious of all the wonders of creation because atoms have been assembled in such a way so that they can ponder their own existence.”

       – Martin Rees, astrophysicist