Remember that old conundrum, 'does a tree falling in a forest make a sound if there is no-one there to hear it'?
Well maybe, the universe is not there if there is no-one there to observe it?
Such an idea we know is preposterous. But is it?
Some interesting science suggests the observer and the observed cannot be separated in the way some scientists (and materialists) would have us believe.
Light knows you're watching, seriously!
Photons, which are the building blocks of light, can behave as a wave or a particle. Any schoolchild with a background in science knows the famous double slit experiment (details here). This established that a photon can behave like a particle or a wave. (The current writer did this experiment at a school in Horsham (UK), way back in the day.)
But recent research has shown that the dual property of the photon (as wave or particle) only happens if the specific photon is NOT being observed. If it is observed, if NEVER behaves like a wave! And it gets worse. (Well, 'worse' if you are a dyed-in-the wool materialist). The effect of being observed takes place even if the observation occurs in the future.
"And here's the really weird part: It doesn't work regardless of when that detection happens. Even if the second photon is detected after the first photon hits the screen, it still ruins the interference pattern. This means that observing a photon can change events that have already happened."
So the idea that we (the conscious observer) and it (the universe) are separate, is simply not so. It appears that by simply observing the universe, we are changing it.
Our feelings change things, too
Some interesting research has shown that our emotions can affect DNA, at a distance. This is an extraordinary discovery. But it rests on a solid basis of laboratory based research.
We have to start with the heart. The heart has its own electromagnetic field
“The heart generates the largest electromagnetic field in the body. The electrical field as measured in an electrocardiogram (ECG) is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the brain waves recorded in an electroencephalogram (EEG).”
But more than this, according to neurocardiologists, 60 to 65 percent of heart cells are neuron cells, not muscle cells. So the heart is more than a pump, it is a 'brain'. It is worth pondering why that might be and speculating on the nature of the heart's consciousness.
The Heartmath Institute has done research suggesting DNA behaves differently if it is within a heart field of 'positive' emotions. It also changes with 'negative' emotions, but in a different way. the positive emotions caused the DNA to begin to unwind (a precursor to duplication). Emotions like anger or fear caused the DNA to bunch up. The studies by McCary and Rein are summarised here.
“The results provide experimental evidence to support the hypothesis that aspects of the DNA molecule can be altered through intentionality,”
The implication that our heart projected emotions can have an effect on DNA, at a distance, as well as our own DNA (as appears highly likely) is profound.
The Participatory Universe
John Wheeler (1911-2008) coined the term black hole, and introduced the idea of wormholes, was a quantum physicist who worked with Niels Bohr and counted Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize laureate, among his students. Towards the end of his life he thought deeply about whether consciousness and life are irrelevant to the universe (still pretty much the current physicist and biologist position) or are they central to it ... in other words are they necessary to the universe.
Wheeler had suspected, and current experimental results appear to support the idea that the observers’ consciousness is required to bring the universe into existence. This has led Gregg Braden to opine that we will never reach the boundaries of the universe, for wherever we consciously look, reality will come into existence.
It seems that the idea of Reality being a Dream - as discussed here - is finally being accepted (about 5,000 years after the Eastern savants first taught this was true).
“We are participants in bringing into being not only the near and here, but the far away and long ago.”
These, and related ideas, are discussed in detail by Gregg Braden (to whom the current writer is indebted) on Gaia.com. Below, he talks about his new series, Missing Links.
Murray Morison is a novelist living in Crete
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