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“To be, or not to be- that is the question” obviously William Shakespeare, it is a really good question, and a philosophical one at that. Isn’t this just a grand game? I think in fact it is, and thinking of it as such has shifted my perception, has shifted my reality. The question of existence, and of consciousness is the one most of us endlessly ponder, and ain’t it fun? I recently saw this video.

” Elon Musk has said that there is only a “one in billions” chance that we’re not living in a computer simulation.” Source 

“To die- to sleep.
To sleep- perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub!
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come.”

The guy on Facebook that runs a group called, Philosophy and Physics, is the group that keeps me supplied with all this great food for thought. We were chatting on the nature of reality. I suggested there are infinite realities, and today he messaged me a video link and said this was his belief on reality, I thought to myself, it is Alan Watts, and it was. Nothing You Can Do, Alan Watts.

Relating to my last post, Merging, and timeline shifts, I won’t go so far as saying that but strange things are popping up, some very good things. Just yesterday I was imagining J.K. Rowling had written the sequel to The Harry Potter saga. Today, I discover she has, more or less, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. What? What? How did I not know this? I am on the internet everyday, I am a member of Pottermore. I am really sort of gobsmacked that I did not know.

One other major thing that I will just hold onto because it is of cosmic relevance, and I want to hold the vision. Please join me in seeing the Earth we desire today, in joy, in peace, in harmony.

Shakespeare is in my future. I guess that is no big surprise. I have registered for all but one class. Mr. Shakespeare, Transborder Chicano Literature, and Child and Adolescent. Then once I get my fingerprint card, I will get put in the iTeach class, which will be in a public high school.

In the meanwhile I am creating my existence. If I am a character in a game, the character has become sentient.

Namaste

Sindy

 

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I wanted to share this guys personal opinions based on his perceptions of what they call, The Mandela Effect, or Merging of Two Parallel Realities. We could just dismiss this out of hand, however such things are being discussed in Quantum Theory so why not? My blogging friend Cynthia Sue Larson, physicist, writes extensively on the topic. One article I recall she talked about this theory, at RealityShifters Blog, lots of good reading there, and her video here. Back to this guy I am going to share, he talks of this world being even slightly geographically different than he recalls. Ponder it like a story, there was some resonance in it for me, who is still reading lots of Quantum Theory articles. lol

The Mandela Effect, or Merging of Two Parallel Realities

By Carlos Tavares

Happy Saturday! I am going to Comicon tomorrow! Excited as a kid going to the State Fair.

Namaste

(More than a word, a state of being)

Sindy

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Quantum Afternoon

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What does one do on a free day? A day virtually stress free, a day with one’s own company. Well we time travel of course. Joking. I have however been into some very deep reading, other than Earth, by Marciniak, I have been reading articles on Quantum theories, Quantum mechanics, about the various physicist. My friend says it is the Sagittarius influence. Wild synchronous events, and those little aha moments abound. You know those odd occurrences when while sitting in your car waiting to go into work, you see someone that looks like a gal you used to work with, but it isn’t her, so you spend a minute remembering them, and then they pop up. Or the two people closest to you independently watch the Hawking documentary on PBS. Stuff like that.

I had planned on reading Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein, this summer, so I have been looking for it at the thrift stores, and found lots of other books, but no Frankenstein. “I know what to do. I will go to the public library,” They have one copy and it was out, the librarian says, “Funny, another lady was looking for it today as well.” I ask did she need it for school? The librarian said, “No she said she just wanted to read it, and was going to the book store.” lol I guess its not so incredible, but it amused me.

I bought more books, always buying books,

The Soul’s Code, In Search of Character and Calling~James Hillman

The Phenomenon of Man~ Teilhard de Chardin

The Astonishing Hypothesis, The Scientific Search for the Soul~ Francis Crick

The World Of, Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics~From Albert Einstein to Stephen W. Hawking, Annie Dillard to John Updike

Some of the articles I have been reading:

Does the Universe Exist if We’re Not Looking 

Reality Doesn’t exist Until We Measure It

Changing Views of Synchronicity~From Carl Jung to Robert Perry (pdf)

 

All three paintings are by the amazing

~Elizabeth Blaylock~

Namaste Yall

Sindy

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Quantum Phase: Time, Parallel Realities, and the Brain

By Brendan D. Murphy, Guest

Waking Times

The eminent physicist and co-founder of string theory, Michio Kaku, has actually said:

“[I]f you have a radio in your living room… and you have all frequencies in your living room; BBC, Radio Moscow, ABC, but your radio is tuned to one frequency — you’re decohered from all the other frequencies. You’re only coherent [wave phase and amplitude in alignment; either exactly or in whole number ratios] with one frequency. We now believe that the universe is vibrating and that there are vibrations of other universes right in this room. There are the universes of dinosaurs because the comet didn’t hit 65 million years ago; the wave function of aliens from outer space looking at the rubble of an earth that already was destroyed — all in your living room, except we have decohered from them. We’re no longer in tune with them, we don’t vibrate with them…[P]robably there are other parallel universes in your living room and believe it or not this is called modern physics…get used to it. This is the modern interpretation of the quantum theory, that many worlds represents reality.”[i]

Not long ago, almost anyone who uttered such a sentiment would have been dismissed by many as “New Age-y,” “flaky,” and so on, but it is no longer feasible to use such convenient rationalizations with physicists of Kaku’s credibility speaking as a clairvoyant or mystic might. In fact, identical sentiments have been put forth by theosophists a century and more ago in describing the astral plane, which interpenetrates the physical plane without either realm’s inhabitants being aware of the other, “whose senses are normally capable of responding to the undulations of their world only.”[ii]

In 1953, Aldous Huxley, having experimented with ingesting hallucinogens such as mescaline, psilocybin, and LSD, suggested that the function of the brain, nervous system, and sense organs is primarily eliminative rather than productive, operating as a “reducing valve” that protects us from being overwhelmed and confused by a mass of useless and irrelevant knowledge, leaving only the tiny selection likely to be practically useful.[iii] The eminent psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, who has researched the effects of LSD on consciousness extensively, has expressed agreement with this “reducing valve” way of looking at the brain.[iv] By the time of publication of his book The Holotropic Mind in 1993, Grof had completed some 24,000 altered state sessions with clients and patients—no small body of evidence to substantiate his view. In 1983, Swiss scientist Albert Hoffman, who first synthesized LSD (and experimented with it on himself), expressed the view that LSD, by altering the brain’s chemistry, tunes it to other wavelengths from its usual one, thus allowing other realities to enter into one’s awareness.[v]

Intuitives have long used the terms vibration and frequency to describe what they see and feel, but only now is it becoming quite apparent how prescient their vernacular actually was even before the advent of quantum physics. This is the dialect of modern physics, not the old physics that described a “dead,” meaningless world of inert, “solid” matter with only empty space in between, and that featured merely epiphenomenal consciousness. Cybernetician David Foster wrote in a letter to Colin Wilson that the universe is a structure of waves and vibrations, the inner content of which is “meaning,” with man being a micro-system of the same essential vibratory nature within the meaningful universal wave system. He went on to add that the mind is a radio set that can “tune in” to thousands of different vibrations in the aether.[vi]

Such “tuning in” yields what we myopically call ESP. Think of it this way: two people with the same quantum phase have a phase difference of zero, and are therefore completely real to each other. To be able to shake hands or interact solidly, we must have the same quantum phase, the same “time-dependent phase factor,” meaning we share the same moment in time. If our quantum phases are altered with respect to each other, our interaction will be less tangible.[vii] One of us may perceive the other as being “ghostly”; the interaction may appear to be “paranormal” — get the idea?

In Bearden’s model, the “only difference between any two entities in the various worlds is a matter of orthogonal rotation*,” rotation at right angles to the original reference frame/reality. One orthorotation away, the first “hyperspace” in this schema, is the electromagnetic field. Another 90 degree rotation away is the hyperspace occupied by the de Broglie waves. Following this, one more rotation away is a purely mental/virtual world in which 3D objects would be points to us here if seen from our reference frame. According to Bearden, any hyperspace beyond this is only ever three rotational turns away from our frame. Physical phenomena in these frames are mental phenomena with respect to ours — but they are still very real.[viii] This would effectively make the contents of all parallel worlds aspects of our collective unconscious, part of our own psyche.

Intriguingly, Rick Strassman, psychiatrist and researcher into dimethyltryptamine (DMT), following his research into the effects of DMT on human consciousness and the anomalous experiences it produced in test subjects, speculated that parallel universes might be familiar to us, even if the organisms and technologies therein developed along drastically different lines. He believes that reptilian and insect-like beings, and unrecognizable shapes imbued with intelligence should not be unexpected, and nor should highly advanced forms of technology — all of which were reported by his DMT test subjects.[ix]

Holding all of the above firmly in mind, we note those bizarre instances — of which there are documented cases — wherein people have inexplicably found themselves witnessing or even participating in a scene from a “parallel” reality, sometimes what they perceive as the “past.”

For instance, on August 10, 1901, two Oxford professors, Anne Moberly, the principal of St. Hugh’s College, and Eleanor Jourdain, the vice-principal, were wandering, lost, through the garden of the Petit Trianon at Versailles when they were both overcome with sudden feelings of gloom, depression, and unease, though they said nothing of it to one another at the time. Suddenly the scenery seemed somehow abnormal, lifeless, and unreal. Two men in “long greyish-green coats with small three-cornered hats” suddenly appeared and directed the women to the Petit Trianon. They strolled past an isolated cottage where a woman and a 12- or 13-year-old girl were standing at the doorway, both wearing white kerchiefs fastened under their bodices. Jourdain would later write that “both seemed to pause for an instant, as in a motion picture.”

The two continued on their way and soon reached a pavilion that stood in the middle of an enclosure. A sinister-looking man was sitting outside the pavilion, his face repulsively disfigured by smallpox, wearing a black cloak around his shoulders and a slouch hat — bizarre dress for the period and the weather. He turned to look in their direction though seemed almost to stare through them, not responding to their presence. Still, it was enough to make them feel extremely uncomfortable and the two professors walked on in silent unease until they reached a small terraced country house. A lady was sitting in full view on the lawn with her back to the house, though bizarrely, only one of the pair saw her despite both being keenly on the lookout for someone to ask for directions. The woman, oddly dressed for the period in a summer dress with a long bodice and a very full but short skirt, held a large sheet of paper or cardboard in her hand and seemed to be working at a drawing. She had a pale green fichu or kerchief draped around her shoulders, and a large white hat covered her fair hair. As Moberly and Jourdain continued on, a young man, again oddly dressed, ran up to them and urgently offered them directions towards the Petit Trianon which they eventually located and entered, finding themselves in the midst of a wedding party wherein the participants were dressed in the garb of 1901, their time.

On subsequent trips to the Petit Trianon gardens the women found to their bafflement that a path they had walked down on their initial visit was now blocked by an old stone wall and had been for some time, evidently. Others no longer existed at all. Overall, the layout and dimensions of the grounds and buildings was completely and yet unaccountably different. The kiosk where the disfigured man sat, for instance, was no longer there.

Home in England searching through historical records, the women concluded that they had perhaps been transported into Queen Marie Antoinette’s actual memory of the day (August 10, 1972) in which the sacking of the Tuileries and the massacre of the Swiss Guards had taken place — which accounted for the agitated manner of the people in the garden and general sense of oppressive gloom — and that the woman seated in the garden was none other than the Queen herself. Moberly later came across a picture of Antoinette drawn by the artist Wertmüller and was able to identify her as the same sketching woman she had seen near the Petit Trianon — even the clothes were the same. The pockmarked and “evil”-looking man by the pavilion, the records suggested, may have been the Queen’s betrayer, Comte de Vaudreuil. [x] Moberly and Jourdain’s descriptions of the layout of the gardens and the outbuildings were unknown by Versailles historians at the time but were later verified by painstaking search and scrutiny of obscure records of Louis XVI’s court, including wages he paid to gardeners and carpenters for specific projects.[xi]

String theorists and cyberneticians rejoice. Probably the most compelling element of this particular report is that people from the scene/period approached the two women and addressed them specifically, demonstrating that they were not merely invisible bystanders, but very much real and perceptible. Thus, the women had essentially been transported back in time; they weren’t just witnessing a scene as outside observers, they were there in the “past.” In a 1957 paper on how the focus of our awareness creates our reality, Hugh Everett described “simple moments in time when it becomes possible to jump from one reality to another by creating a quantum bridge between two already existing possibilities.” One wonders if he had intended to include such possibilities as this time-warping one. Everett called these windows of opportunity “choice points.”[xii] He was, evidently, very much aware of the pluralistic nature of “reality.”

Events such as Moberly and Jourdain’s are familiar even to government-employed remote viewers. As we have seen and will see further, in quantum physics the past, present, and future are not clearly distinguishable from one another and research is ongoing into the effects the future has on the present (you read that correctly). In short, past, present, and future — all of them — exist now. In the words of physicist and string theory exponent Brian Greene, “If you were having a great time at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, 1999, you still are.” (We will return to this comment again soon.)

From the many-worlds perspective, there is nothing particularly unusual about this event. The occultist might suggest that the women had essentially stepped into an Akashic record of the past. So, were these two women of the 20th century actually there in the 1700s? Taking the view of the many-worlds interpretation, in at least one version, they were (and still are), and perhaps somewhere in that “parallel reality” there exists a record in some long since departed soul’s tattered old diary of the two “oddly dressed” women who seemed out of place in the garden of the Petit Trianon that day as everyone bustled about hastily and on edge. There is no “separate time period,” simply a larger hyperdimensional reality that enfolds all time. If we could step into a hyperframe and see all instants through history frozen in time, we could choose a different one to step into and experience.

Novikov applied the “principle of least action” to time travel, and, in what Strieber refers to as a “brilliant feat of mathematics” showed that the only movements through time satisfying this principle must be those in which the grandfather paradox cannot apply: “time travel will never cause a situation in which one of these paradoxes could take place.”[xiii] If we were to access a particle stream moving faster than light, we could theoretically time-travel. As Einstein’s relativity showed, the faster something moves, the slower its subjective time passes, and if it were to break the light speed threshold, it would then be traveling backwards in time (time would “reverse”). Author Whitley Strieber asked in 1997 if the mind could somehow enable time travel.[xiv] Strieber has had his own Versailles-like experiences, so he already knew the answer. It is “yes.” Government-backed research has validated this notion, as we will see.

Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek says, “We are haunted by the awareness that infinitely many slightly variant copies of ourselves are living out their parallel lives and that every moment more duplicates spring into existence and take up our many alternative futures.”[xv] Max Tegmark of MIT has expressed a virtually identical view.[xvi]

Kaku mentioned in his description of reality something called decoherence, a theory stating that though all these infinite parallel universes are possibilities, our universe’s wave function has decohered from them: it no longer vibrates in unison/in phase with them. It therefore no longer interacts with them. The result is that though we might coexist simultaneously with the wave function of inhabitants of other universes, we are no longer “in tune” with them.[xvii] Nobel laureate Steve Weinberg has also used the radio station in the living room analogy to describe our situation.[xviii] This is a very apt analogy for the reality we find ourselves in. The decoherence interpretation of quantum mechanics leads to multiple universes/many worlds and avoids the postulation of a wave function collapse. For the time being we note that these parallel worlds postulated by the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, or “decohered universes” actually do, in rare circumstances, spill over into this world, so to speak.

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HISTORIC DISCOVERY: Physicists ‘PROVE’ God DIDN’T create the Universe

A TEAM of scientists have made what may turn out to be the most important discovery in HISTORY – how the universe came into being from nothing.

By PAUL BALDWIN EXCLUSIVE

The colossal question has troubled religions, philosophers and scientists since the dawn of time but now a Canadian team believe they have solved the riddle.

And the findings are so conclusive they even challenge the need for religion, or at least an omnipotent creator – the basis of all world religions.

Scientists have long known that minuscule particles, called virtual particles, come into existence from nothing all the time.

But a team led by Prof Mir Faizal, at the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada, has successfully applied the theory to the very creation of existence itself.

Enter ‘inflation’ theory.

Prof Mir used some mind-boggling mathematics and two recent theories:

  • The Minimum Length Scale – a measurement so infinitesimally small that space and time cease to exist.
  • Doubly Special Relativity – which takes advantage of the massive energies available just after the birth of the universe.

Under Inflation Theory the tiny energies and lifespan of the virtual particle become infinitely magnified, resulting in our 13.8 Billion-year-old universe.

Just to make things more complicated Dr. Mir says we have been looking at the question ‘how did the universe come from nothing?’ all wrong.

According to the extraordinary findings, the question is irrelevant because the universe STILL is nothing.

Dr. Mir said: “Something did not come from nothing. The universe still is nothing, it’s just more elegantly ordered nothing.”

He added that the negative gravitational energy of the universe and the positive matter energy of the universe basically balanced out and created a zero sum.

Asked if the remarkable findings and the convincing if complex solution removed the need for a God figure to kick start the universe Dr. Mir said: “If by God you mean a supernatural super man who breaks his own laws then yes he’s done for, you just don’t need him.

“But if you mean God as a great mathematician, then yes!”

What Prof. Mir was referring to is known as inflation. According to inflation the total positive energy in the form of matter exactly balances the negative energy in form of gravity, such that the total energy of our universe is still zero.

Prof. Mir – who also works on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland – further explained that by “nothing” he only meant absence of energy, and not the absence of laws of physics.

He said that for him the physics in space and time was only an approximation to some purely mathematical theory describing nature, and so space and time, and all the structure in it should be produced as a consequence of some purely mathematical theory.

Prof Mir said: “The story starts with laws of quantum mechanics, where the energy of a system at any given time known with absolute certainly. So, basically we cannot also state that a system has zero energy as that would be amount to specifying an exact amount of energy at a given time.

“This uncertainty which occurs due to quantum mechanics can lead to the creation of small amount of energy from nothing as long as it exists only for a very small amount of time. Such particle created out of nothing are called virtual particles. The consequences of the existence of such virtual particles has been tested experimentally.

“The problem with this explanation is that such virtual particles can only have a small amount of energy for a very small amount of time.

“To get a universe the size of our universe from such small amount of energy, a theory called inflation is used.

“According to inflation the small amount of energy created from nothing underwent a rapid expansion, resulting in the formation of the universe as we see it today. During this time, the positive energy in the matter of the universe and negative energy in form of gravity was created such that they exactly balanced each other. The total energy of the universe still being zer0.

“Even though inflation has been studied before, recently it has been studied using a new theory called doubly special relativity.

“According to doubly special relativity there is a maximum energy and no particle in the universe can attain an energy greater than that energy.

“Just as Einstein’s theory of relativity reduces to Newton’s theory for low velocities, doubly special relativity reduces to Einstein’s theory of relativity for low enough energies.”

He added: “Just as we do not observe any effect from Einstein’s theory of relativity for objects traveling slowly, we do not observe any effect from doubly special relativity even for particles at low energies.

“This maximum energy (Planck energy) is so large that even the particle at the LHC can be considered to possess low enough energies compared to it.

“However, the energy at the beginning of the universe is large enough to consider the effects coming from doubly special relativity.”

The team of three scientists,  Ahmed Farag Ali, Mir Faizal and Mohammed M. Khalil analyzed inflation using doubly special relativity and their findings have now been published in the prestigious Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (JCAP).

They also combined doubly special relativity with a theoretical minimum length scale in nature. It has been suggested by many scientists that the nature should have a minimum length scale.

Prof. Mir added: “This means if you divide a stick into half, you cannot continue this process indefinitely. As you will come across a length scale below which space does not exist.

“This length is also so small that it is usually neglected by scientists when studding most phenomena.

“But it cannot be neglected when the beginning of the universe. The effect of the existence of this minimum length on inflation had been studied before by Brian Greene (Author of the famous book Elegant Universe).

“However, this is the first time that inflation has been studied by combining the doubly special relativity with the existence of a minimum length scale in nature.”

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Your Brain Isn’t a Computer. It’s a Quantum Field.

by DAPHNE MULLER

The irrationality of how we think has long plagued psychology. When someone asks us how we are, we usually respond with “fine” or “good.” But if someone followed up about a specific event — “How did you feel about the big meeting with your boss today?” — suddenly, we refine our “good” or “fine” responses on a spectrum from awful to excellent.

In less than a few sentences, we can contradict ourselves: We’re “good” but feel awful about how the meeting went. How then could we be “good” overall? Bias, experience, knowledge, and context all consciously and unconsciously form a confluence that drives every decision we make and emotion we express. Human behavior is not easy to anticipate, and probability theory often fails in its predictions of it.

Enter quantum cognition: A team of researchers has determined that while our choices and beliefs don’t often make sense or fit a pattern on a macro level, at a “quantum” level, they can be predicted with surprising accuracy. In quantum physics, examining a particle’s state changes the state of the particle — so too, the “observation effect” influences how we think about the idea we are considering.

The quantum-cognition theory opens the fields of psychology and neuroscience to understanding the mind not as a linear computer, but rather an elegant universe.

In the example of the meeting, if someone asks, “Did it go well?” we immediately think of ways it did. However, if he or she asks, “Were you nervous about the meeting?” we might remember that it was pretty scary to give a presentation in front of a group. The other borrowed concept in quantum cognition is that we cannot hold incompatible ideas in our minds at one time. In other words, decision-making and opinion-forming are a lot like Schrödinger’s cat.

The quantum-cognition theory opens the fields of psychology and neuroscience to understanding the mind not as a linear computer, but rather an elegant universe. But the notion that human thought and existence is richly paradoxical has been around for centuries. Moreover, the more scientists and scholars explore the irrational rationality of our minds, the closer science circles back to the confounding logic at the heart of every religion. Buddhism, for instance, is premised on riddles such as, “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without it.” And, in Christianity, the paradox that Christ was simultaneously both a flesh-and-blood man and the Son of God is the central metaphor of the faith.

For centuries, religious texts have explored the idea that reality breaks down once we get past our surface perceptions of it; and yet, it is through these ambiguities that we understand more about ourselves and our world. In the Old Testament, the embattled Job pleads with God for an explanation as to why he has endured so much suffering. God then quizzically replies, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?” (Job 38:4). The question seems nonsensical — why would God ask a person in his creation where he was when God himself created the world? But this paradox is little different from the one in Einstein’s famous challenge to Heisenberg’s “Uncertainty Principle”: “God does not play dice with the universe.” As Stephen Hawking counters, “Even God is bound by the uncertainty principle” because if all outcomes were deterministic then God would not be God. His being the universe’s “inveterate gambler” is the unpredictable certainty that creates him.

The mind then, according to quantum cognition, “gambles” with our “uncertain” reason, feelings, and biases to produce competing thoughts, ideas, and opinions. Then we synthesize those competing options to relate to our relatively “certain” realities. By examining our minds at a quantum level, we change them, and by changing them, we change the reality that shapes them.

 

Daphne Muller is a New York City-based writer who has written for Salon, Ms. Magazine, The Huffington Post, and reviewed books for ELLE and Publishers Weekly. Most recently, she completed a novel and screenplay. You can follow her on Instagram @daphonay and on Twitter @DaphneEMuller.

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Quantum Experiment Shows How “Time” Doesn’t Exist As We Think It Does (Mind-Altering)

By: Arjun Walia

The concept of “time” is a weird one, and the world of quantum physics is even weirder. There is no shortage of observed phenomena which defy our understanding of logic, bringing into play thoughts, feelings, emotions – consciousness itself, and a post-materialist view of the universe. This fact is no better illustrated than by the classic double slit experiment, which has been used by physicists (repeatedly) to explore the role of consciousness and its role in shaping/affecting physical reality. (source) The dominant role of a physical material (Newtonian) universe was dropped the second quantum mechanics entered into the equation and shook up the very foundation of science, as it continues to do today.

“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulating consciousness.”  –  Max Planck, theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918

There is another groundbreaking, weird experiment that also has tremendous implications for understanding the nature of our reality, more specifically, the nature of what we call “time.”

It’s known as the “delayed-choice” experiment, or “quantum eraser,” and it can be considered a modified version of the double slit experiment.

To understand the delayed choice experiment, you have to understand the quantum double slit experiment.

In this experiment, tiny bits of matter (photons, electrons, or any atomic-sized object) are shot towards a screen that has two slits in it. On the other side of the screen, a high tech video camera records where each photon lands. When scientists close one slit, the camera will show us an expected pattern, as seen in the video below. But when both slits are opened, an “interference pattern” emerges – they begin to act like waves. This doesn’t mean that atomic objects are observed as a wave (even though it recently has been observed as a wave), they just act that way. It means that each photon individually goes through both slits at the same time and interferes with itself, but it also goes through one slit, and it goes through the other. Furthermore, it goes through neither of them. The single piece of matter becomes a “wave” of potentials, expressing itself in the form of multiple possibilities, and this is why we get the interference pattern.

How can a single piece of matter exist and express itself in multiple states, without any physical properties, until it is “measured” or “observed?” Furthermore, how does it choose which path, out of multiple possibilities, it will take?

Then, when an “observer” decides to measure and look at which slit the piece of matter goes through, the “wave” of potential paths collapses into one single path. The particle goes from becoming, again, a “wave” of potentials into one particle taking a single route. It’s as if the particle knows it’s being watched. The observer has some sort of effect on the behavior of the particle.

You can view a visual demonstration/explanation of the double slit experiment here.

This quantum uncertainty is defined as the ability, “according to the quantum mechanic laws that govern subatomic affairs, of a particle like an electron to exist in a murky state of possibility — to be anywhere, everywhere or nowhere at all — until clicked into substantiality by a laboratory detector or an eyeball.” (New York Times)

According to physicist Andrew Truscott, lead researcher from a study published by the Australian National University, the experiment suggests that “reality does not exist unless we are looking at it.” It suggests that we are living in a holographic-type of universe. (source)

Delayed Choice/Quantum Eraser/Time

So, how is all of this information relevant to the concept of time? Just as the double slit experiment illustrates how factors associated with consciousness collapse the quantum wave function (a piece of matter existing in multiple potential states) into a single piece of matter with defined physical properties (no longer a wave, all those potential states collapsed into one), the delayed choice experiment illustrates how what happens in the present can change what happens(ed) in the past. It also shows how time can go backwards, how cause and effect can be reversed, and how the future caused the past.

Like the quantum double slit experiment, the delayed choice/quantum eraser has been demonstrated and repeated time and time again. For example, Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) have conducted John Wheeler’s delayed-choice thought experiment, the findings were recently published in the journal Nature Physics. (source)

In 2007 (Science 315, 966, 2007), scientists in France shot photons into an apparatus and showed that their actions could retroactively change something which had already happened.

“If we attempt to attribute an objective meaning to the quantum state of a single system, curious paradoxes appear: quantum effects mimic not only instantaneous action-at-a-distance, but also, as seen here, influence of future actions on past events, even after these events have been irrevocably recorded.” – Asher Peres, pioneer in quantum information theory (source)(source)(source)

The list literally goes on and on, and was first brought to the forefront by John Wheeler, in 1978, which is why I am going to end this article with his explanation of the delayed choice experiment. He believed that this experiment was best explained on a cosmic scale.

Cosmic Scale Explanation

He asks us to imagine a star emitting a photon billions of years ago, heading in the direction of planet Earth. In between, there is a galaxy. As a result of what’s known as “gravitational lensing,” the light will have to bend around the galaxy in order to reach Earth, so it has to take one of two paths, go left or go right. Billions of years later, if one decides to set up an apparatus to “catch” the photon, the resulting pattern would be (as explained above in the double slit experiment) an interference pattern. This demonstrates that the photon took one way, and it took the other way.

One could also choose to “peek” at the incoming photon, setting up a telescope on each side of the galaxy to determine which side the photon took to reach Earth. The very act of measuring or “watching” which way the photon comes in means it can only come in from one side. The pattern will no longer be an interference pattern representing multiple possibilities, but a single clump pattern showing “one” way.

What does this mean? It means how we choose to measure “now” affects what direction the photon took billions of years ago. Our choice in the present moment affected what had already happened in the past….

This makes absolutely no sense, which is a common phenomenon when it comes to quantum physics. Regardless of our ability make sense of it, it’s real.

This experiment also suggests that quantum entanglement (which has also been verified, read more about that here) exists regardless of time. Meaning two bits of matter can actually be entangled, again, in time.

Time as we measure it and know it, doesn’t really exist.

(For Sources go to article link below.)

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