Thursday, March 8, 2012

Was There A Big Bang Or Was There Not And Do You Exist?

It seems that the tree is there because you look at it, ditto your cat, or dog or cow. Ergo, we can say that before life existed, our universe did not exist?

Then, why is it that scientists say that our universe just popped up on its own some 12-14 billion years ago?

This is all very confusing.

What about you? Do you exist when no one is looking at you?

Of course we know we do exist, even if no one is looking at us. We are certain about it. But not according to quantum physics - you are not!

You exist because you are observed.

It seems that at the quantum level, there is no such a thing as certainty, only probabilities. To confuse us further, a particle or thing can be at multiple places simultaneously.

You are either this or that - just probabilities.  And only when you are being observed are you a certain this or that. Not until then.

Fascinating. Go figure it out.

But let me leave you with what physics Nobel laureate Eugene Wigner once said:-

"..not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way, without reference to the consciousness (of the observer) ...the very study of the external world led to the conclusion that the content of the consciousness is the ultimate reality."

2 comments:

  1. Very interesting. I'm not religious, so don't beleieve that God, as we know Him/Her, created the universe. But it also doesn't make sense that everything was created from Nothing by a Big Bang. Very confusing, indeed.

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    1. I don't pretend to know too. Nobody does. The argument is that it would be more problematic to say that god created the universe because ultimately the question also arises as to who created god? Just saying that god has always existed is as troubling as saying that things just popped up on its own. But, as far I am concerned, to say a biblical god created the universe leaves many more troubling questions unanswered not the least being as at to his character for example.

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