Testing A Time-Jumping, Multiverse-Killing, Consciousness-Spawning Theory Of Reality

Nobel Laureate in Physics, Roger Penrose poses with his Nobel medal

This idea is retroactive. The mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose, winner of the Nobel Prize in mathematics, states, "It has to be that," considering a conundrum concerning reality's fundamental components that has plagued science for almost a century. He continues, "Any reasonable physicist wouldn't be disturbed by this." But I'm not a very smart physicist.


If Penrose isn't a logical physicist, it's because the laws of physics don't make sense—at least not when it comes to the subatomic level, when the tiniest objects in the world behave differently from what is observed by the naked eye. He has good grounds to think that there is a rift separating two distinct realities as the cause of this divergence. He also has good cause to think that the physical mechanism bridging these two realities will reveal solutions to the enigma of our own existence, which is the physics of awareness.


Penrose made important contributions to physics and mathematics. According to his idea, there were consecutive worlds before the great bang, and remnants of these universes appear to be influencing our own. He and Stephen Hawking worked together to develop the Penrose-Hawking singularity theorems, which pinpoint singularities—points in the universe where gravity is so strong that spacetime itself collapses catastrophically.


Penrose and anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff have been developing Orchestrated Objective Reduction (Orch OR), a theory of consciousness, for many years. Penrose is mostly responsible for Orch OR's physics, whereas Hameroff is in charge of its biology. In light of significant holes in the accepted scientific frameworks encompassing physics, neuroscience, and psychology, their theory was developed. It's possible that all, some, or none of the theories in this hypothesis will hold up in experiments.


The Theory Starts With A Tiny Collapse

Quantum particles are the smallest known units of matter in the cosmos. Multiple states are simultaneously possible for quantum particles. We refer to this as the superposition of a particle. The superposition of the particle is described mathematically by a wave function. A particle's numerous potential states can decrease to a single, fixed state when a wave function collapses. The collapse of wave functions is crucial to the existence of reality. When we stare at something with the unaided eye, we perceive only one thing due of collapse. We do not perceive a single item as numerous possible things at once in the world of huge things, the universe described by classical physics.


The Connection Between Collapse And Consciousness

A particle appears to collapse into a single, stable state when measured by physicists. However, the cause of collapse, also known as diminution of the state, is unknown. Even some philosophers and physicists believe that wave function collapse is a complex illusion. The quantum mechanical measurement problem is the name given to this discussion.


Many philosophers and physicists have concluded that quantum particles are somehow being influenced by a conscious observer as a result of the measurement problem. One theory is that collapse is brought about by a conscious observer. Another theory holds that the world splits apart and spirals out alternate realities when a conscious observer commands it to do so. These universes would exist in parallel but be closed off to us, causing us to only ever see things in the one state in whichever plausible reality we are imprisoned in. This is the theory of many worlds, or the multiverse. Penrose states, "The point of view that it is consciousness that reduces the state is really an absurdity," and goes on to claim that every physicist eventually grows out of the belief in Many Worlds. "I shouldn't be so direct because that seems to be the opinion of very notable people." Penrose retracts. He dismisses the notion that a conscious observer collapses wave functions just by seeing them with grace but without elaboration. Similarly, he brushes aside the idea that a glimpse sends a cognizant observer spinning out into near-infinite universes. Without a theory of consciousness, Penrose argues, "that's making consciousness do the job of collapsing the wave function." Reversing the argument, I contend that awareness does, for a variety of reasons, depend on the wave function collapsing. Regarding that bodily procedure.

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