Since the 1920s, quantum physics experiments have routinely shown results that depend on whether anyone is observing. This is perhaps most vividly illustrated by the famous two-slit experiment. When someone watches a subatomic particle or a bit of light pass through the slits, the particle behaves like a bullet, passing through one hole or the other. But if no one observes the particle, it exhibits the behavior of a wave that can inhabit all possibilities — including somehow passing through both holes at the same time.

Some of the greatest physicists have described these results as so confounding they are impossible to comprehend fully, beyond the reach of metaphor, visualization, and language itself. But there is another interpretation that makes them sensible. Instead of assuming a reality that predates life and even creates it, some propose a biocentric picture of reality. From this point of view, life — particularly consciousness — creates the universe, and the universe could not exist without us.

Thanks Discover Magazine and this months article on Cosmic Consciousness.

I obviously have to take classes in quantum mechanics now.
JOExHIGASHI

As a lifelong atheist I would agree with you, perhaps they mean that life however tiny has some measure of consciousness. This is all new to me.
Biofreak

This question is copied from a recent article in Discovery Magazine; either you’re 80 or 90 years behind in quantum mechanics or you never knew what you were talking about to begin with. I don’t even like the idea. I’m asking because someone I respect and who is smarter than you said it.

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Biofreak
Biofreak
10 years ago

Unfortunately, you mis-understand quantum physics. This idea of a conscious observer affecting the particle’s nature is an idea that was popular 80 or 90 years ago. But it is not an idea that is taken seriously by physicists at this point. In fact, for the last 80 or 90 years, experiments have routinely shown that it is not that act of a conscious observer that controls the state of the particle, but in fact the act of any observer. Actually, the two-split experiment that you bring up is a good example. You misquoted the experiment a bit. It is not… Read more »

Dexter's 2nd Incarnation
Dexter's 2nd Incarnation
10 years ago

Whoa…, I don’t know. I Googled that word and got a different definition than what I just read here. All I know is, sometimes…, like in the morning…, I can’t think real good until I’ve had a cup of coffee. I like to smoke at the same time. Then, I eat. All that stuff about, quantum physics, wormholes, temporal distortions in the space/time continuum…, I don’t care about, because it has nothing at all to do with my life. I look for something to eat. Not answers only a quantum physicist could answer. All of my really deep questions for… Read more »

Val
Val
10 years ago

That’s right, matter is made of atoms, and atoms are mostly empty space. A few charged subatomic particles whizzing around at an incredibly fast speed. But what force keeps the particles from flying apart and disintegrating, there is no membrane as such like a cell has. It is now thought that inside every particle there is a miro black hole. This acts in the same way as the one in center of our galaxy. The centrifugal force keeps matter away on a knife balance between flying off and being caught in its gravity. An equilibrium is found. The concept sounds… Read more »

JOExHIGASHI
JOExHIGASHI
10 years ago

That would mean the universe didn’t exist before sentient beings existed.

But there is evidence that only non-sentient beings and the universe existed simultaneously.

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