Posted on Aug 1st, 2016
- Universe Explorers
It seems that every other week you end up reading a piece about how reality might actually be a simulation. This is one of those articles.
The human mind is inherently suspicious. If it weren’t, we probably wouldn’t have made it this far. Throughout history we can find multiple examples of doubt towards various aspects of reality. One of the best is Descartes’ Evil Demon concept, where he hypothesizes the existence of a powerful and misleading entity whose only purpose is to deceit in every way.
This ‘demon’ could present Descartes with a realistic and exhaustive illusion of the outside world, complete with other humans and their own minds. Everything would feel real, although it would be nothing more than a continuously-fed deception.
Descartes’ evil demon experiment was interesting but had no real basis or evidence, so it was regarded as a simple exercise, a quirk of one’s imagination. But then a new concept came along and breathed new life into a century-old idea. It’s called quantum realism and it builds on the same principle: that what we see isn’t real, but a masterful illusion. However, QR doesn’t attribute the illusion-generating powers to a demonic entity, but to something more mysterious and even harder to see—quantum mechanics.
Our everyday lives are governed by physical realism; you see something, you feel something, you know it’s going to respect the same physical rules as everything else. The laws of mechanics we all subjectively know through observation are inevitable—the apple always falls from the tree.
But when we start going down, towards the subatomic level, the weirdness starts. Welcome to the quantum world, where thing work differently. Particles exist in multiple places at the same time and keep popping in and out of existence.
Our minds are used with physical realism, so the weirdness of the quantum world—where things are and aren’t at the same time—seems like an arcane wonderland. We can’t explain quantum physics through conventional, Newtonian physics and it seems counter-intuitive to assume that our straight, predictable and visible world can generate such a wacky one when we get really microscopic.
That is where the concept of quantum realism steps in.
According to QR, the quantum world is the real deal and the physical world we see is actually a virtual reality generated by the quantum domain. Sure, this sounds strange but the physical world subscribes to the quantum one and not the other way around. Furthermore, quantum mechanics can be successfully used to predict physical mechanics since the former generates the latter. To us, this would be the equivalent of Wonderland creating Alice.
Is the Universe an Illusion Generated by the Quantum World? (Part II)
Posted on Aug 1st, 2016
- Universe Explorers
There is a concept called Quantum Realism that proposes an alternate explanation for everything: the universe is a simulation, created by the quantum world.
Read Part I here.
Another riddle conventional science hasn’t been able to explain is time dilation. How could the measure of all things be subject to change?
In his famous twin paradox, Einstein showed that as speed increases, time itself slows down. One of two identical twins spends a year of his life in a rocket traveling at nearly the speed of light while the other remains on Earth. But when the space-faring brother returns, he is surprised to see his brother is now an old man. Is this possible?
But if reality is virtual, it means time must also be virtual. It’s an observed scientific fact that time slows down near massive celestial bodies or whenever speed increases. In QR, this is an indicator that computational power is being allocated somewhere so there aren’t enough resources to make time flow at its normal rate. Massive bodies or immense speeds require the system to ‘work harder’ so time lags behind.
Quantum realism also has an explanation for the curvature of space that occurs near celestial bodies. But how can the medium through which movement occurs curve itself? It would mean that it exists in another space, and that other space exists in another space, and so on, ad infinitum. But if the world is a virtual reality, ’empty space’ is not really empty but a processing network that is idling or a 3D surface that is capable of curving to accommodate various processes.
Massive celestial bodies curve time-space.
Another thing that can’t be explained is antimatter. If a proton meets an anti-proton, they will annihilate each other in a dazzling display of fireworks and with a massive energy release. But that’s not even half the story. If an electron collided into an anti-electron, the anti-electron would enter the collision traveling back through time. No-one knows why it does what it does.
But, as quantum realism posits, if matter is generated at the end of a computational process, this means it is value-based. So if you invert the value of matter, you end up with the opposite: antimatter. And if antimatter is the result of reverse processing cycles, it’s logical that it runs time backwards. But the only type of time that is reversible is virtual time.
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