This article in Scientific American asserts (citing much evidence) a rather mind-bending claim: nothing exists but quantum superposition – an unresolved cloud of possibilities – until a conscious mind observes. At that point, something falls into existence. But what does that say about the nature of the universe?
For almost a century, physicists have wondered whether the most counterintuitive predictions of quantum mechanics (QM) could actually be true. Only in recent years has the technology necessary for answering this question become accessible, enabling a string of experimental results—including startling ones reported in 2007 and 2010, and culminating now with a remarkable test reported in May—that show that key predictions of QM are indeed correct. Taken together, these experiments indicate that the everyday world we perceive does not exist until observed, which in turn suggests—as we shall argue in this essay—a primary role for mind in nature.
What does it mean? They say they’re not pushing mysticism or solipsism. They aren’t claiming the world is a hallucination. Rather, they’re talking about something bigger … a “transpersonal” mind. Something, out there, in here, everywhere, observes, just as we do. That’s what makes reality.
Well then. Something somewhere must be very busy, doing all that observing.
But it ain’t me.
I’m the Freedom Man. That’s how lucky I am.