|Quantum Consciousness and Your Immortality|
|Classical and Quantum Questions
By James L. Forberg
This century has shown a gradual shift from the physics of Newton to the more esoteric physics of the quantum. For the most part, this change has effected only those areas of science dealing with sub-atomic particles. It is necessary that we compare quantum physics with the classical Newtonian physics that most of us studied, or at least were exposed to in our school days. I will attempt to show that quantum particles rule our existence between the very large and the sub-atomic.
Newtonian physics is still capable of describing the world that we sense. This shouldn’t come as a surprise at all since its rules have been obtained by employing our senses and brain. Newton used his eyes and brain when he saw an object fall. It may not have been an apple, but whatever it was started him thinking. He wondered why everything always falls to the earth. The outcome of his thoughts was our rules for gravitation. These rules have since been clarified and modified by Einstein and others, but the original thought remains. We have learned much using classical Newtonian physics. In our search for reasons for our existence we have discovered that our planet is between four and five billion years old.
Our planet, as well as our solar system, holds no special place in our galaxy or in our universe. In the universe there are probably billions of planets and galaxies that are very similar. If you can find a place on this planet away from the city lights, cast your eyes upward for a few moments on a clear night. If you have fairly good eyes you can probably see 2000 to 3000 stars (suns, with a few local planets) that are a part of our galaxy. That is just a very small part of approximately ten billion stars that make up our Milky Way galaxy.
In our space-time dimension we must always be aware of time and distance. Using the classical laws of Newton and others, we have been able to calculate times and distances between concentrations of matter in our solar system, galaxy and universe.
The most convenient way to measure space has turned out to be a yardstick of time. With diligent science the velocity of light was established at 186,000 miles per second, and used as a standard of distance.
Light will travel approximately six million million miles in one year, so that distance equals one light year. Keeping that figure in mind think about the fact that our galaxy is about 60,000 light years from edge to edge, and several light years thick.
If we could travel at light speed, it would take us about 4.27 light years to reach the stars nearest to us. These stars are Alpha and Proxima Centauri. Dr. Einstein's law of the interchange of mass and energy (E=MC2), makes it physically impossible to travel at the speed of light. As we increase velocity, our apparent mass also increases. This increased mass requires even more energy to achieve a greater speed. Rather straightforward high school mathematics will show that it will take an infinite amount of energy to push matter to the speed of light.
There are many millions of galaxies like our own in the universe. Possibly even an infinite number of galaxies. These galaxies average 1,500,000 light years apart and all continue to separate (with the exception of the Andromeda Galaxy) at speeds varying proportionately to the distance from us. These facts have been gathered using a spectroscope in conjunction with a telescope to measure the shift in light spectrum from distant galaxies. This red shift or Doppler effect is the result of the star or galaxy moving away from us.
These measurements have convinced cosmologists that the universe is expanding. If you mentally reverse time by calculating the trajectory of these galaxies in the opposite direction, it becomes obvious that the expansion is the result of a point beginning. This is the basis of the "Big Bang" theory.
This picture of a giant explosion from nothing isn't necessarily in conflict with the Christian bible but there are some time sequences that need some clearing up. The Bible seems to consider the age of the universe as only thousands of years. Science considers the age at 13 to 15 billion years.
Classical physics has given us a solid basis on which to evolve laws for physical systems (matter). Quantum physics on the other hand requires that we begin trying to understand non-physical occurrences and entities.
The physics of the past has been compiled by paying good solid attention to our sense impressions. The advent of quantum theory however has put a strain on the credulity of our senses. Much of this incredible change in the scientific view has bypassed the general public. Mainly this is due to the incredibly complex mathematics involved.
Many scientists and science writers as well as other fields write only for the other members of their profession. This isn’t necessarily out of secrecy or malice, but merely in an attempt to describe their projects fully. The answers that these professional men are getting from their tests and experiments are as confusing to physicists as they are to us. In the pages of this book I will report on the progress in quantum physics without the confusion of mathematics. As you read you will also get a background understanding of the question of human immortality.
We are aware from our classical physics that mechanical travel from one system to another is very unlikely. There is a possibility though that quantum physics can show us a way to bypass those great distances through control of our consciousness. Given the fact that all physical things (you and I included) are constructed of quantum points of possibility, and that these points aren’t considered physical "things", it is also a fact that our natural state is non-material.
We live in our time-obstructed world and also in a timeless realm in the quantum dimension. Control of consciousness isn't as difficult as most people think and it can lead to great things for humankind. Later in this book I will show how to make changes in your level of consciousness.
The advent of quantum physics kind of knocked the legs out from under our platform of belief. Previous to sciences very close study of the atoms and their structure, we could pretty much rely on our senses and Newtonian laws. We felt secure that what we sensed was true from the microcosm to the macrocosm. It was sort of "what you see is what you get" situation. I personally am pleased that this is no longer so. Without our new knowledge of the strange things that happen at the atomic level, many questions about our consciousness would remain unanswered.
Nick Herbert in his book Quantum Reality enumerated eight variations (or interpretations) of reality as a consequence of quantum physics. These scientists are speaking of experimental results at the atomic level. As you will see these rules of reality can be extended to the macrocosm (our sensory world, or our level of space).
Niels Bohr’s institute (a group of researchers) at Copenhagen tell us that there is no deep reality. In their opinion our senses are constituted to give us an impression of a material world, but that this reality is a reflection of something of a different nature.
This has been named the "Copenhagen Interpretation." It is the prevailing belief of establishment physics. This is an indication that many of the world’s best minds agree that our reality is only a part of the truth.
Werner Heisenberg put his stamp of approval on the Copenhagen interpretation when he wrote. "The hope that new experiments will lead us back to objective events in time and space is about as well founded as the hope of discovering the end of the world in the unexplored regions of the Antarctic.
Part two of the Copenhagen interpretation states that we create reality by observation and that there is no reality without observation. It is but a short jump from that statement to one that says that the world (meaning universe) is but events of the mind. The question is whether that mind is mine, yours, ours or Gods. My personal preference is all of them for reasons that will become clear as the book progresses.
Part three states that the act of observation bonds the observer and the observed. Meaning that anything that you observe becomes part of your reality. Part three also states that all things are connected and act as a unit. This means that you and I and all things in our physical universe are one thing. This connection is undiminished by time or space. It also states that an action at on end of the universe is immediately available at the other. Our scientists can make a statement like that because the elements they are working with (quantum waves) are without mass and therefore without time or space.
Section four of the interpretation tells us that by experimentally observing the velocity of an electron, we find that the location becomes less and less clear. This experimental outcome has opened up the many worlds’ interpretation of quantum reality. Some feel that in a situation where several different outcomes are possible that all of the outcomes occur and that an entire new universe comes into being for each outcome. (It is good to remember here that all of these universes, even ours are only possibilities.)
Many science fiction stories use this interpretation as a basis for their plot line. It can be overwhelming to think that there are an infinite number of yourselves doing different things at the same time.
The fifth interpretation says that it is pompous of us to believe that the universe should behave as we think it should. Quantum logic theorists believe the universe obeys non-human reasoning. They tell us that we should learn to think quantum logically. General Relativity changed the concept of space-time geometry. Quantum science demands that we stop using our old logic and concentrate on experimental results. Our common logic continues to lead us to expect Newtonian results. We should actually develop a new quantum logic. This logic would have to be based on the premise that everything in the universe is one unit and that what we sense as physical is in reality constructed from non-material waves. Portions of these waves are made to seem material by one or more consciousness.
The sixth school of quantum reality does believe that the universe really is made of ordinary objects. (Meaning solid pieces of stuff) This neorealism feels that things have attributes of their own whether they are observed or not.
This contradicts such giants as Heisenberg, who said, "atoms are not things" and Bohr who said, "there is only an abstract quantum description." Neorealists accuse the majority of quantum physicists of obscuring simplicity with mystification. The ranks of neorealists have within their group many well-known experimenters in physics. Einstein had a passion for realism and felt that sooner or later experimentation would bring quantum physics back to logical reality. He was joined by such names as Max Planck, Erwin Schrodinger and Louis de Broglie in this feeling.
Einstein never gave up his hope that somehow quantum physics could remove itself from the realm of probabilistic science and return to solidity.
The seventh interpretation of the quantum question is composed of a section of theorists and mathematicians that believe that only consciousness can create reality. This view brings with it the problem of establishing the parameters of consciousness. A prime consideration for consciousness is an ability to be aware of external forces, dangers and such. Cellular life can fit into that category. Even plant cells could pass the test. After all we do consider cells and plants alive don’t we? It is true that their awareness is very rudimentary, but cell do sense (in a chemical way) light, heat, foreign cells, pH condition in liquids and many other states of matter that can be good or bad for their survival. Awareness (consciousness) can be reduced to very minimal states.
In the eighth possibility for the quantum basis, Werner Heisenberg divides the universe into real and semi-real. He considers the elementary particles to be only potentialities or possibilities. They are made real only by the act of observation.
Heisenbergs world of potentia contains all of the possibilities of any action. In the past following the rules of Newtonian physics, we like to think of a straightforward action and reaction. If we pay attention to quantum rules however any action has the possibility of a multitude of reactions. In the not real world of potentia, all of the reactions are present. Only one of these possibilities manifests in the real world. This possibility is made solid (physically apparent) only by consciousness. We must not forget at this point that any action also involves a very large number of conscious entities. We may sometimes believe that we make decisions and act on our own, but this is seldom true. The people, plants, animals and all things that are considered as part of the action, will have input into the degree of control of the action and reaction. This depends on each entities ability to phase quantum waves of possibility so that they add amplitudes enough to make them apparent in our physical world. (More on that later)
This multiple input into the cause and effect equation will be part of the discussion of our personal connection with more than one universe. The two that we are vitally interested in right now are the one that has many limits (our physical universe) and another in which all things are possible.
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