Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Can Things Get Better? Part III

Perhaps we can trace our “scientific” faith to our early ancestors who believed in magic—they attempted to manipulate nature by any means they thought would work. When some manipulation did finally work, perhaps the need to simplify and explain how it works overcame the need to accept the mystical implications of how it works in the hope that greater control of nature would result. Through such a “needy” theory, the belief in a theoretical model—complexity emerges from simplicity—arose and strengthened in scientific mindsets. Hence, why believe in the spiritual realm or even why accept its opposite tenet, simplicity emerges from complexity (hence, matter arises from mind)?
A difficult question, but one that needs looking into. First, though, consider just how does any belief arise? I think that a belief reflects a vision of hope (or despair) and desire for change (or constancy)—possibly (and this is my own spin on this), a message from a future waiting to be realized. In quantum physics we deal with possible futures all of the time. These possibilities appear as abstract mathematical forms including vectors, waves, and complex numbers, as seen from a perspective of the present moment. Today, even more than 100 years since the inception of quantum physics and its acceptance in scientific reasoning (indeed forming the base of that reasoning), even though its theoretical structures remain intact, debate still rages over what it means. Consensus indicates that whatever quantum physics means modern science cannot be useful or predictive without these abstract (neo-Platonic) possibility-forms providing the ground of all being of modern science.
Although many interpretations of quantum physics continue to circulate, several posit the notion that both future and past events play a role in the construction of everyday reality (I’ll mention only physicist John Cramer’s “Transactional Interpretation” and Yakir Aharonov and Lev Vaidman’s “Time Symmetric Quantum Formulism”). In my view (and possibly in theirs) all possible futures are in continual contact with each and every present moment of conscious (and unconscious) awareness, kind of like the way a piece of a hologram (made from the waves reflecting off all points on an object) contains a whole picture of that object (see my book, Matter into Feeling).


Blogger Rex said...

If we are to look at this consciousness of God from the perspective that encompasses all space/time that would mean, to God, this is all a completed picture viewed as a single moment unto itself. Consider the evolution of God in the moment by moment existence. Like us, God also exists or at least appears to exist from our human perspective, moment by moment growing and evolving in this state of being. If God was to pick a moment in time to exist, it would be similar to recalling a memory, but it's really not. For the mind of God, there is the whole realm of all of the possibilities with the ability to "zero in" or "collapse" from the infinity of all that is the whole of God to a moment as finite as the theoretical quantum string of energy to the whole of the universe and any point in between existing in the moment regardless of the scale of space/time. However, given that from our human perspective the universe from the sub-atomic string on out to the macrocosmic structure exists in linear space/time as we do, the universal consciousness is constantly evolving itself through possibility and probability from infinite realities, but as parts of the ultimate whole consciousness. Think about perceptions of space/time from the stand point of an electron, atom, human, solar system, galaxy or the whole Universe. The closer to the Universal source you get the slower the perception of space/time to that point where it's all one. Yet conversely the scale of time for the life of the smallest atomic structures can exist in a space and time too small to for us to comprehend in anything outside of the Planck Scale.

January 13, 2009 at 1:30 AM  
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Dr. Wolf, what if the illusion of the "infinity of mirrors," effect, isn't an illusion at all? wouldn't happen to have any links to the works you cited herein, would'ja? Appreciate you so much...

February 7, 2009 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger Rex said...

Dr. D, I know you're looking for a response from Dr. Wolf. I look forward to his response as well. But I thought I'd chime in as I like the "infinity of mirrors" effect ideal. I think there is something to that regarding the nature of the particle. One explanation for a particle within a wave to have an instant impact on (what would appear to be) another particle that may be across the galaxy within the same wave would be that it is one in the same. In actuality, the particle is essentially is the wave. It is a complex extra-dimensional reflection of itself generating what we see in our 3 dimensional existence. Combine all the particles/waves that make up all of the experience of our universal reality and the result, for the sake of the analogy, is a super intricate "infinity of mirrors" effect which, to us, is no illusion.

Dr. D, perhaps you could elaborate on your view of the "infinity of mirrors" effect?

Of course, Dr. Wolf, we'd be most grateful to hear from you.

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