Impending or Inevitable Marriage Between Physics & Metaphysics?
This is Part One of a post I’d like to make. If you wish to read Part Two, the last part, please let me know. I look forward to all comments.
Scientists work within their personal belief system--as do we all. They must examine the sole reality they see as real and as existing--what we all call "physical reality." To do so, they invent their tools and instruments. At the same time, to metaphysicists, physical reality not the only reality. It exists as it appears to the five senses, while simultaneously it is actually something akin to a camouflage reality which springs forth from an invisible or nonphysical reality much like (in an analogy only) the tip of an iceberg may stick out from the ocean.
In the world of science—classic science deals with physical reality as perceived by the five senses; and quantum physics deals with an aspect of physical which is “behind the camouflage”—so to speak. I think that what quantum physicists are examining (in their fashion), theorizing about and discovering--is exactly what the metaphysicists describe as nonphysical reality. In other words, physical reality is an “appearance reality” that is “conjured up”from quantum or “nonphysical” processes—that are involved in the creation of physical reality and its objects.
To use another analogy, a scientific fish would have quite a bit of trouble measuring the gaseous atmosphere with his instruments for measuring the liquid atmosphere. But to even attempt to do so, Mr. Fish would have to believe in the possibility of a gaseous atmosphere.
I've never studied physics--but I'd like to make a case that unites physics & metaphysics. I think that the following quote by Dr. Carlo Rovelli should frame all such discussions--and should be the foundation upon which all such discussions are built:
Dr. Carlo Rovelli (who works on spin nets at the University of Pittsburgh) has said: "If we believe what we really have discovered about the world with quantum mechanics and general relativity, then the stage fiction has to be abandoned and we have to learn to do physics and to think about the world in a profoundly new way. Our notions of what are space and time are completely altered. In fact, in a sense, we have to learn to think without them."
I firmly believe that PHYSICS and METAPHYSICS (or spirituality) is in the process of (and one day will succeed in such a clear-cut way that all would be able to witness and observe) joining hands in "marriage"--and will become one pursuit.
I believe both are searching for explanations of the same things--but are coming at them from opposite directions; and that both are reacting to the same "thing" --that is, the obstacles that are in their path.
What both are also doing, is attempting to understand and describe the "reality" they encounter---thinking it is the only reality that exists.
To use an analogy, it is like two groups of people heading towards NYC. Neither of them has ever been there before. One is coming in a submarine from Europe--and believes in no other perspective than that; the other is walking from California--and believes in no other perspective than that.
Members of both groups are trying to understand and explain to themselves the obstacles that they find in their way as they try to get to NYC. Both groups may be totally correct in their assessment of those obstacles, and both may think the other is totally nuts and wrong.
One talks of a liquid atmosphere, floating, an engine and worrying about food & air. The other one complains about no water at all, plenty of air and heat and a sun, but yes, food is a worry.
Now, none of their experiences have to do with the reality of NYC once they get there (or, other words, the true nature of reality). When they get to NYC, they learn more about their route & obstacles, & will both see how they were both right--and that both their explanations actually go together and are not in opposition.
For what was behind the creation of the ocean and the creation of the desert were related in ways neither one could understand from their perspectives during the journey.
Here are some short examples of where these physics in beginning to touch upon what I've been saying:
1. THE CONCEPT OF SIMULTANEOUS TIME: This relates to Dr. Wheeler's concept of quantum foam. He writes in his 1998 memoir: "So great would be the fluctuations that there would literally be no left and right, no before and no after. Ordinary ideas of length would disappear. Ordinary ideas of time would evaporate."
Once "ordinary ideas of time" evaporate---we are left with simultaneous time, or nonlinear time. And if time is simultaneous, then the whole concept of stages must be re-thought because stages imply a building upon something that was previous. And with no linear time, there is actually no "previous."
Also, the whole concept of cause-&-effect must be rethought because even this process intrinsically involves time as linear. Therefore, beyond linear time there must be another form and method of creation.
Linear time is our method of physically perceiving events. I suggest that the true nature of reality behind physical events do not involve linear time.
2. A DIRECT CONNECTION BETWEEN INNER SPACE & OUTER SPACE: George Johnson (12-7-99 NY Times (F6) writes: "In superstring theory, a mathematical relationship called T duality suggests that one can shrink a circle only so far. As the radius contacts the circle gets smaller and smaller and then bottoms out, suddenly acting as though it is getting bigger and bigger."
This ties in to metaphysical concepts that say that the further inside the mind you go, or the further away you go from the focus of the ego, the further away is the physical manifestation of that event. This actually suggests that true space travel may be mental. When you use camouflage instruments built to navigate in camouflage reality--you can only go so far. But IF the nonphysical reality can be navigated you may be able to get "there"(across the physical universe) instantly.
3. THE CONCEPT THAT PHYSICAL REALITY IS NOT WHAT IT APPEARS TO BE ME: The spin network theory is touching upon this. Again, Johnson discussing the "spin net" work of Dr. Rovelli & Dr. Smolin, "The implication is that the very idea of a surface is an illusion generated by the spin network."
To me, this spin network is science's way of beginning to comprehend that there may be a connection between thought or consciousness and creation of physical reality.
4. THE CONCEPT THAT THOUGHT or CONSCIOUSNESS CREATES REALITY--OR THAT THE OBJECTS OF PHYSICAL REALITY CONSIST OF THOUGHTS MADE PHYSICAL: I suggest an inner, invisible realm exists of an electromagnetic energy of consciousness and this realm appears or bleeds thru to the camouflage reality as swirling waves of varying densities and intensities. I believe that the superstring theory is involved with this. Superstrings have been described identical to how I envision the appearance of consciousness and thoughts in these inner dimensions. Physicists describe physical objects as consisting of of these superstrings. In my terms, physical objects consist of consciousness or thoughts which are now speculated to be superstrings. To me, the two may be one.
By the way, this inner universe of which I speak, probably manifests itself in physical reality as being so super-duper tiny, that it takes up no space at all & is thus, invisible. Thus, there are infinite numbers of universes which exist between you and person sitting next to you on the couch. These universes may the "location" of the dream state, parallel (probable) realities, out-of-body travels, and so on. AND, as I said earlier, there may be a direct connection between these tiny realms and the vast outer huge realm of physical outer space---which exists in ways we not yet understand.
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Please let me know if you'd like to read the final Part Two. And I'm looking forward to any comments.
Be well & happy,