By Becky Northfield
Ever gone into a shop, looked upon a piece of seemingly useless electronic equipment and thought, ‘Well what’s the point of that, then?’
Have you pondered on a theory’s mystery, or downright ludicrousness?
You are not alone…
Each week I will be sharing my thoughts on bizarre theories and pointless technologies. I will have a new blog entry every week and this week, i’ts all about quantum theory. Well, not all of it. I hope I’m not alone when I say I don’t quite get it and need a step-by-step manual. And even then, it gets a little fuzzy. That’s why I’ve focused on a particular part of quantum physics, so I can at least think I know a small bit, and impress people with my limited knowledge.
Tomorrow could be yesterday and yesterday tomorrow…according to quantum physics.
If this is correct, every moment we experience is a separate reality in itself. Each moment of our consciousness contains a different set of experiences, so it wouldn’t matter if our timeline was completely jumbled.
This means that tomorrow could happen before yesterday. The memories we have are reliant on prearranged information within each moment of consciousness and can only tell us something about the reality we experience right now. What we perceive as time or continuity of moments is actually an illusion.
In 2007, Robert Lanza proposed biocentrism, which attempted to show how biology could build on quantum physics. Lanza claimed that space and time are types of animal-sense perception, and not external physical objects.
Biocentrism is made up of seven core principles:
- What we see is dependent on the observer, and what we perceive as reality is a process that involves our consciousness
- Our external and internal perceptions are intertwined
- Particles’ behaviour is inextricably linked to the presence of an observer
- It is necessary for consciousness to exist, without it matter dwells in an undetermined state of probability
- Laws, forces and constants of the universe seem to be fine-tuned for life
- The sixth and seventh principles say space and time are not objects, but tools of our animal understanding.
If this is accurate, it means that reality doesn’t exist.
If we could actually picture our existence, it would look like an endless sea of static, where all probabilities exist, and we could be in separate realities, doing different things, all at the same time. Creepy.
If I could talk to my yesterday self, knowing I would consciously be there first before today, would I tell myself to do different things? I’m not too sure. According to biocentrism, we are not aware of the process. If my consciousness popped back two years, or flew forwards two decades, I wouldn’t know it.
Time travel has been discovered to be impossible, which ruins the ‘Back to the Future’ idea. It’s also been proven that you can’t change the past, even if you could travel back in time, because my yesterday-tomorrow self would be none-the-wiser. If I did want to do anything differently, whether it was a dramatic event or something stupid, like stubbing my toe, I couldn’t go back in time and change my behaviour. This is all down to the ‘grandfather paradox’. Specifically, if you went back in time before your grandfather had a chance to father your parent, and you killed your granddad, this would result in your never having been born. This means you could never have existed to go back in time and kill him, and that means you were born and could go back and kill him, which means…etcetera and so forth. In a more basic sense, I stubbed my toe, and went back in time to not stub my toe. But this would mean that I never stubbed my toe, so wouldn’t go back in time and stop that, so I could stub my toe, and I could go back in time to not stub my toe, which means I never stubbed my toe…you get the drift.
I would have no choice in the matter of where my consciousness is, or was. Even if tomorrow was yesterday and yesterday tomorrow, I wouldn’t be able to do a darn thing about it. I would have to just go with the flow of consciousness.