“The essence of the paradox of modern physics is that the universe does not seem to exist without a perceiver of that universe.”
– Amit Goswami PhD in The Self-Aware Universe
A simulated collision of sub-atomic wave / particles
I recently finished reading The Self Aware Universe by Amit Goswami PhD. It is one of my favourite books exploring the bizarre world of quantum physics. If you have never heard of quantum physics, someday you will. It is the science of total paradigm shift, of renaissance and revolution.
Quantum physics is the new kid on the block and the old Newtonian physics has truly been relegated to the trash bins of history. A new world view is coming and with it will bring profound changes in how our society operates.
All of classical physics, and indeed the rest of science, is derived from the laws of motion and gravity developed by Isaac Newton in his book the Principia, published in 1687. Not only is the Principia considered to be among the most influential books in the history of science, Newton himself is thought to be one of the most influential people in human history.
Newton’s laws and their central premise, that things exist independently of each other, has been the underpinning of science’s view of the world.
That tidy view of the universe as a collection of isolated, well behaved objects got dashed in the early part of the 20th century once the pioneers of quantum physics began peering closer into the heart of matter. The tiniest bits of the universe, those very things that make up the big objective world, did not in any way behave themselves according to any rules that science had ever known.
Their observations showed that, at its most elemental, physical matter isn’t solid and stable. It isn’t anyTHING at all.
Amit, who is a retired professor of theoretical physics at the University of Oregon and the author of the highly successful textbook Quantum Mechanics used in universities throughout the world, is saying that:
- Matter can be described as a possibility wave.
- Matter as objects are not determined things, they are possibilities for consciousness to choose from.
- When consciousness looks, that possibility becomes manifest.
- At that point, the possibility wave collapses and becomes an object of conscious experience.
- Consciousness thereby manifests things.
- Consciousness is the ground of all being.
- Separation is an illusion.
What powerful beings we are! At some level we all manifest our own reality. At that same level we create whatever painful or pleasureful experiences we have in our life and we are totally responsible for whatever prosperity or poverty we experience.
The implications are profound and far reaching. I’ll talk more about this later.
May there be peace in our hearts.
May there be peace for all humanity.
May there be perfect peace on earth.
I gratefully accept your comments and feedback.
For further study:
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