The Reality of Our Reality
I often wonder if what I observe as reality, is really reality.
If I'm driving along in my car, and I swerve to avoid an accident, I find myself, afterwards, wondering if I really did swerve at all. Am I alive? Or am I lying dead on the asphalt, bleeding profusively from the impact of my forehead smashing the windshield?
What is real, if my reality is not?
The concept of parallel universes is an intriguing and thought-provoking concept. The idea is that, when you look at time as a linear dimension, there are other "time-lines" running parallel to the original.
In each of these timelines, at least one difference exists. There a possibly infinite number of parallel timelines, or, since these timelines must govern a separate set of matter than the matter governed by time in this universe, a parallel universe.
We may, therefore, conclude that there are a possibly infinite number of possibilities in existence.
This idea was brought to light by none other than an unfortunate feline and her owner, Dr. Schrodinger. Shrodinger conducted an experiment in which he locked his cat in an airtight, sound-proof steel box, and tried to observe the cat.
What he found was that he could only guess what state of the cat was in, and that any guess had to be possible. From this, he concluded that, because the state of the cat could not be observed, the infinite number of possibilities for the state of the cat were true. In other words, the cat was starving, well-fed, dehydrated, hydrated, dead, alive, meowing, silent, speaking English, within the box, not in the box, existing, non-existant, etc., etc., all at the same time. The cat was in a state of all possibilities.
Hold on to this idea, I will get back to it.
The brain is an incredible thing, an object of mystery, as we hardly know a thing about it.
Reality, both abstract and concrete, is defined by our minds. Until we can percieve and prove, or disprove, a concept, we cannot assume that the concept is or is not so.
But just because we cannot make an assumption, or haven't even considered the concept, does not mean that it cannot be so.
Our brain translates waves to form our reality. Is all there is, in the universe, waves of various sorts? We cannot assume so, and so the possibility is there that our translation of the universe by our minds is incomplete.
Consider the world of blind people... No one there has eyes. Without the ability to translate those waves, they will have no concept of light waves, and may never discover them. As we all know, this doesn't mean that light waves do not exist.
The brain has been known to create translations that were not interpreted from anywhere outside the mind. For instance, consider the "reality" of a schizophrenic; their reality is not the same reality as the rest of the population, and do not even match up between two schizophrenics. Schizophrenics may experience many things that just aren't reality to us.
In all honesty, though, this is reality for the schizophrenic. We assume that their reality is incorrect, but who's to say? What if their reality is correct, and it's our own reality that is incorrect? What if we are schizophrenic?
What if I'm already dead, and just don't know it?
Let's get back to Schrodinger's cat. As far as Schrodinger is concerned, the cat is in a state of all possibilities...but did he consider the cat's reality? He did not make the assumption, based on his findings, that, according to the cat, Schrodinger, and the rest of the universe outside the box, was in a state of all possibilities.
We cannot percieve the universe, in any tangeable way, because we only percieve the TRANSLATION of the universe, an event that takes place in our brains.
The outside world is like the outside of the box, and our minds are like the inside of the box. We must consider the possibility that everything outside of our minds is in a state of all possibilities.
Because I believe in "life after death," I must consider the circumstance that my mind, my spirit, continues on after the death of my body. Since my body does not translate any waves to be interpreted in my mind after I die (a point that I hope we can all agree on), my mind/spirit must create a reality for me, just as the mind creates reality for the schizophrenic.
If that's the case, then who's to say that I haven't already died? Who's to say the same for you, dear reader? In fact, if you are dead, and your mind is creating reality, then can't it be said that you wrote this?
Am I really writing this? Are you really reading this? As Schrodinger would say,
Last edited by Azrienoch
on 09 Oct 2004, 20:07, edited 3 times in total.