Many of us have contemplated the idea of reality and what it is. Are we real? And what is to say that our human perception of everything is correct, when we are always the ones observing the world and everything in it? These are just some of the things that quantum physics tries to answer, but the more you delve into the realms of quantum physics, the more mysterious it becomes.
Quantum Physics and Mind Power
Quantum physics is basically the physics of possibilities. It tries to fathom whether there is a difference between the way the world seems to us, and the way the world really is.
There are infinite possibilities around us, but then why do we keep living the same lives, choosing the same relationships and jobs? Perhaps we are so conditioned and adjusted to our daily lives and what we think we should do, that we ignore many of the possibilities that are available to us? We seem to think that we do not have control over what happens in our world. But did you ever stop to think that maybe our minds are powerful enough that we can choose the path of another possibility, rather than sticking to the same patterns?
We are also led to believe that the world around us is more real than what is inside us, but quantum physics is totally opposite and says that what is happening within us will create what happens outside us. Interesting, isn’t it?
Do We See With Our Eyes or Brain?
Scientific experiments have shown that if they attach somebody to a machine to watch brain activity, and they ask them to look at an object certain areas of the brain light up. If they then ask the same people to close their eyes and imagine the object, the same brain activity occurs meaning that they are actually seeing the object, but in the mind. But doesn’t this call into question what is actually real? Are we seeing ‘reality’ with our brain or our eyes? Well of course, it is our brains. If we do not believe that something is possible, we do not see it. Our eyes are seeing more than our brains are able to process.
An example of this is the story of the Native American Indians saw Colombus’s ships approaching, they could not see them. The leader noticed ripples out to sea, but did not see the ships, and he started wondering what was causing the ripples. He kept looking out, and eventually he was able to see the ships. He then tells his people about the ships and because they believed in him, they saw them too. And the reason that none of them could see them in the first place was that their brains did not know that they could be real.
The Physics of Perception
Our brain receives over four billion pieces of information per second, yet we only process 2000 of these. So what about the other billions of pieces of information that we are not processing? This shows that our perception of what is real, may not be real at all.
An interesting point in physics, is that the laws of physics do not make any distinction between past and future. It is a puzzle to the laws of physics why we should be able to remember the past and not have the same access to the future, and why we would know that we can affect the future by acting now, but not the past.
What is also interesting is that our minds can be tricked into thinking that something is real by illusion. For instance, if you are watching a simulation of a rollercoaster, you get the same reaction from the brain as if you were really on it. This is something that Derren Brown has experimented with on a regular basis, and by tapping into a person’s brain using psychology, he has managed to truly make a person unable to see him. He was totally invisible to the subject, even when he was stood right in front of them.
The mind really is a very mysterious and wondrous thing, with many unanswered questions that may take a very long time for physicists to solve. After all, we are only just trying to come to terms with the discovery of just how crazy the Universe really is, and the mind is just one part of it.
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