Does the physical world around us only exist because we exist within it?
Science, it seems is asking this very question. An April article in New Scientist poses this very question. One theory named the Participatory Universe, suggests that fixing one’s gaze on a single object forces one out of an infinite number of possible outcomes to become our reality. According to Douglas Heaven, through our attentiveness to the subject, we have changed the course of the universe.
Existence, Black Holes, Wormholes, and Quantum Physics
John Archibald Wheeler, born in 1911 and died in 2008, a scientist and theorist, developed the idea of black holes, wormholes, and nuclear physics in light of quantum physics. He worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II and taught some of the greatest doctoral students to think in terms of what if, instead of what may.
Wheeler enjoyed the idea of crazy, suggesting that if you haven’t found anything crazy in your day, you haven’t had much of a day. He theorized that “Everything is Information,” and thus the universe exists in a state of particles. According to Wheeler, the “observers’ consciousness is required to bring the universe into existence.”
Existence of Past, Presence, and Future
Not only does one’s observation affect the presence, according to an article in Discover Magazine, but also the past. Therefore, the universe exists in a state of particles with an infinite number of probable outcomes until the particles interact with another probable outcome. It is at that instance that one probable outcome becomes reality.
So, Science Fiction Writers, Ready, Set, Go. Which probable outcome do you see?