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.
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.
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.