What the Bleep Do We Know!?
important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity
has its own
reason for existing. One cannot help but be in
awe when one
contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life,
marvelous structure of reality. Itis enough if one tries
comprehend a little of this mystery every day.
Never lose a
holy curiosity.” - Albert Einstein
At the core of this report are provocative questions about the way we
participate in an unfolding, dynamic reality. What the Bleep Do We
Know!? proposes that there is no solid, static universe, and that
reality is mutable - affected by our very perception of it. At the same
time, the report acknowledges that reality is not entirely relative or
simply created out of thin air. Mothers do give birth to real babies.
Some things are more solid and reliable than others.
In fact, according to quantum physics, things are not even “things”,
they are more like possibilities. According to physicist Amit Goswami,
“Even the material world around us - the chairs, the tables, the rooms,
the carpet, camera included - all of these are nothing but possible
movements of consciousness.” What are we to make of this? “Those who are
not shocked when they first come across quantum theory cannot possibly
have understood it,” notes quantum physics pioneer Niels Bohr. Before we
can consider the implications of quantum mechanics, let’s make sure we
understand the theory.
What is Quantum Mechanics?
What is Quantum Mechanics? Quantum mechanics, the latest development in
the scientific quest to understand the nature of physical reality, is a
precise mathematical description of the behavior of fundamental
particles. It has remained the preeminent scientific description of
physical reality for 70 years. So far all of its experimental
predictions have been confirmed to astounding degrees of accuracy. To
appreciate why quantum mechanics continues to astound and confound
scientists, it is necessary to understand a little about the historical
development of physical theories.
Keeping in mind that this brief sketch oversimplifies a very long, rich
history, we may consider that physics as a science began when Isaac
Newton and others discovered that mathematics could accurately describe
the observed world. Today the Newtonian view of physics is referred to
as classical physics; in essence, classical physics is a mathematical
formalism of common sense. It makes four basic assumptions about the
fabric of reality that correspond more or less to how the world appears
to our senses. These assumptions are reality, locality, causality, and
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