Physics and Reality

I often listen to library audiobooks while I weave using the Overdrive app. About a week ago, Brian Greene’s book The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos appeared in my suggestions. I read the description and had some casual conversations with friends about their thoughts on parallel universes, and suddenly I was more interested than before! I have always enjoyed science lessons, but i’ve preferred to stay safely in the realm of biology, never believing I had the ability to understand complex chemistry or physics. I was excited when I began listening to Greene’s narration; his prose is direct with lots of engaging bite-size metaphors, and I found myself understanding the concepts. I was also pleased to realize that my high school education had given me a wider knowledge base than I thought!

Audiobooks are great, but sometimes I need to see the words, underline, and flip back and forth between pages/ideas. Around chapter 4 I decided to do a little googling to see these terms in writing. One of the first articles I stumbled across was from BBC Earth, and this passage jumped out at me:

Quantum mechanics is the best theory we have for describing the world at the nuts-and-bolts level of atoms and subatomic particles. Perhaps the most renowned of its mysteries is the fact that the outcome of a quantum experiment can change depending on whether or not we choose to measure some property of the particles involved.

When this “observer effect” was first noticed by the early pioneers of quantum theory, they were deeply troubled. It seemed to undermine the basic assumption behind all science: that there is an objective world out there, irrespective of us. If the way the world behaves depends on how – or if – we look at it, what can “reality” really mean?

The strange link between the human mind and quantum physics

What I take away from the article is this: every thought we think is creating our reality. This concept has been on my mind after reading from Louise Hay and Byron Katie. The article goes on to explain the concept with experiments, each one affirming that reality changes based on your observation of it. I love to make connections between traditional science and metaphysics, and it’s so inspiring to come across articles like this, I had to share! Enjoy.

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