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THERE IS NO OBJECTIVE REALITY, ONLY CONSCIOUSNESS?

May 27, 2009

Life creates time, space and the cosmos itself.

Figuring out the nature of the real world has obsessed scientists and philosophers for millennia. Three hundred years ago, the Irish empiricist George Berkeley contributed a particularly prescient observation: The only thing we can perceive are our perceptions. In other words, consciousness is the matrix upon which the cosmos is apprehended. Color, sound, temperature, and the like exist only as perceptions in our head, not as absolute essences. In the broadest sense, we cannot be sure of an outside universe at all.

For centuries, scientists regarded Berkeley’s argument as a philosophical sideshow and continued to build physical models based on the assumption of a separate universe “out there” into which we have each individually arrived. These models presume the existence of one essential reality that prevails with us or without us. Yet since the 1920s, quantum physics experiments have routinely shown the opposite: Results do depend on whether anyone is observing….

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  1. Marvin Caldwell-Barr permalink
    May 27, 2009 8:30 pm

    “Yet since the 1920s, quantum physics experiments have routinely shown the opposite: Results do depend on whether anyone is observing….”

    I take it you are referring to the experiment which still is, to this day, considered to be the definitive experiment of quantum physics: the Twin Slit experiment, where the photon or electron goes through one slit when it is being observed, or both slits when it is not being observed.

    And of course, the other definitive experiment of quantum physics is the Copenhagen-version mind experiment called the Schroedinger’s cat experiment.

    It does indeed seem that there must always be an observer for anything to happen.

    The question is, who was the observer for the universe to happen? He or she or it, would have to have been outside the singularity which started the big bang, and as we know there was no outside to that singularity.

    • September 24, 2009 11:08 am

      “The question is, who was the observer for the universe to happen…”

      I think the answer for this rethorical question is in the question itself. But to find it one have to admit that Observer has not obligatory CONSCIOUSNESS and not even Observer is “Who”. Observer is Anything. And each observer perceives Objective Reality in it’s own way “relatively itself” it’s own position, dimention, mass, frequency or what feature the observer has in it’s reality. And as for the Objective Reality – who cares what it is if it is observed in it’s own unique way by each observer :)

  2. May 28, 2009 1:27 am

    “The question is, who was the observer for the universe to happen? He or she or it, would have to have been outside the singularity which started the big bang, and as we know there was no outside to that singularity.”

    You get to that complication because you are supposing there is an observer and an observed (the universe) separate from the observer. The article is theorizing that there is in fact no reality outside of ourselves, that the creator of the cosmos or the universe is our very own consciousness.

    It’s a complicated topic. I suggest you go to the link and read the thing again.

  3. Ufaq permalink
    January 5, 2010 9:47 am

    obviously it has been again and again proved by the great scientists that reality doesn’t exsist. There is no objecive reality. The observer creates the reality simply by observing.
    Quantum Physics the weirdest subject of all is going to blow away old theories which is mostly wrong about our universe.

    The short answer: God existed before and he existed after the Big Bang. God is Eternal, always existing. He was The Observer

  4. December 9, 2010 1:50 pm

    I love how anyone can post a reply on this subject that begins with “Obviously” ?

    In my humble opinion objective reality does exist and underlies an individuals subjective perception. What you believe, or what you think will have no effect on objective reality. To suggest otherwise on the basis of the experiments quoted is to ignore the facts: these results only apply in the realm of the microscopic. Your thoughts and beliefs will have an effect on your subjective reality, because we are individuals with different personalities, and different life experiences the meaning we give to experiences differ.

    The question for me is how will the application of this knowledge make my life better, or help me to contribute more to the world? If there is no benefit in it, then what does it matter. What is truth? If it works, if it enhances your life experience or the contribution you can make to others-it’s true.

    Here is an interesting quote “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” That we live and breathe and enjoy this beautiful planet is evidence to me that God lives.

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