Super Clues to reality – the quantum world

When looking at the nature of our reality you soon realize that it is complex and multilayered  and probably fundamentally unknowable. Even from what we can see, or scientifically detect, about our reality though, there are are super clues if you look carefully enough, to a much bigger picture beyond our current understanding. I have previously identified, in various posts, the super clues of the nature of consciousness, free will, and the mystery of life itself.( See 14/4 The nature of consciousness, 24/4 Why life?, 28/4 Free will) In looking for my next super clue I looked to the fundamental nature of our physical universe its self.

For instance even in looking at how the physical universe works around us, you begin to see that there are two layers of understanding about how everything works.

Firstly, there is three centuries old classical mechanics view of the universe as a machine. This, so called Newtonian view, held that the physical world worked according to strict scientific rules.  For every known input there would be a predictable output. If we did not understand why or how things worked it was because we did not understand the machine properly.

Secondly, and perhaps more interestingly, science has more recently begun to understand the science of the particles that make up the atoms  with which all our physical world, including ourselves, has been created. These tiny particles are, at base, just pinches of vibrating energy, or quanta, in different combinations. These fundamental particles behave though in many weird ways.  These include:

  • Their behavior is not always predictable. The same sort of particle, in the same situation, does not always do the same thing. This is most unmachine like!
  • Some times these particles act as particles, sometimes they act as waves. Waves can do things particle cannot. They can jump gaps, they can be a million miles wide, They can appear to be in many places at once.
  • Once in contact they may always share a link. I read just the other day of research that may indicate that quantum entanglement helps to prevent the molecules of life from breaking apart.
  • When changing form they instantaneously take every possible combination and just settle in to one when  someone observes them. (How they know all this, I have no idea) .  Can we then change reality by power of thought and observation? Are all possibilities happening simultaneously somewhere?

What does this all mean? It is all too weird and complex for mere unscientific mortals like me to properly understand. All I can say is that reality seems to be more uncertain but more interconnected and perhaps more individual than has been previously understood. Perhaps when looking at the origins and mechanics of our physical universe quantum theory may turn out to be the key to really understanding it all. It may be the ultimate super clue of all.

Aspects of reality

An understanding of quantum mechanics may be the key to understanding our reality.

It is also a superclue giving us glimpses of possibilities beyond our physical reality.

 

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