I'd like your perspectives on the matter. Can we call our phenomenological reality aboslutistic, or should we rewire our brains as to better understand the changing, nondramatic world/ universe we seem to inhabit? Does an arrow in flight occupy "one" space, or several? Discuss and be happy.
Or, as Wallace would say:
Quantum and its findings make up a decent portion of my current belief (religious and spiritual) system. I'll freely admit that I haven't explored quantum in a few years...most of my info comes from a Philosophy of Physics course and other random readings from when I was much younger, so feel free to correct and or elaborate if I make some unclear statments.
Things that make me go "oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo":
- Observation of a Quantum event affects the outcome of the event (or appears to). This is the light acting different ways depending on it's mood. One can take this a multitude of ways. On the more conservative end, something in the physical act of observing is changing things (which seems incomplete given the observations recorded). On the more radical end, thought affects reality. Or rather, conciousness percieving reality changes it. Or even that there is an intelligence behind the scenes changing it. *spooky music*
- You could even go so far as to say that a "genius" is someone with a powerful enough mind/will to conform reality to his perception. i.e. gravity wasn't truly defined in its current form until Newton...relativity didn't actually exist until Einstein, etc etc. But thats sci-fi talk.
- Anything you think you know about whats going on is completely and irrevocably fucked. The effects you feel (such as gravity) are real, and haven't changed. But the causal chain to create those effects at the quantum level defies all human logic.
- Particles appear to be able to interact with each other regardless of physical distance
- Cause can happen after effect on a quantum level (fate, essentially)
- Since all this is going on at the quantum level, it makes sense to me that the effects would be seen macroscopically. How? I have no idea. But in my mind, it goes a long way towards explaining things like love (twinning of your own personal fabric of the universe with another), religion (feeling an understanding of the world around you is just glimpsing the quantum order to it all), or even more outstanding things like telepathy, "magic", curses, etc.
- It frustrates me when people say that science is taking the magic out of the universe, or stripping it of its wonder, when quantum has done nothing but increase wonder throughout anyone who studies it. Some scientists have turned to religion of all things.
- Even before quantum theory, these mysteries were around. The concept of infinity is used throughout nearly every important mathmatical proof, yet it still remains impossible for the human mind to conceptualize it fully. Try it. The only way to concieve infinity is to think about something that goes on forever, which would mean you'd have to think about it forever.
To answer your questions, in my opinion:
- No, what we see is not real.
- I don't know if we "should" rewire our brains, but I believe we eventually will
- Probably many. I don't really buy that we exist solely in three dimensions physically.
What's your opinion on probability functions as a way of viewing the universe Radarmantro? The past few years I've been entertaining the idea of the brain as just a probability field collapser. I forget which book I got it from.