by Paul Ratner
Is the physical universe
independent from us,
or is it created by our minds,
as suggested by
scientist Robert Lanza...?
Such is the groundbreaking assertion of a new paper (Parisi-Sourlas-like Dimensional Reduction of Quantum Gravity in the presence of Observers) published in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics.
The paper's authors include Robert Lanza, a stem cell and regenerative medicine expert, famous for the theory of biocentrism, which argues that,
He believes that the physical world that we perceive is not something that's separate from us but rather created by our minds as we observe it.
According to his biocentric view, space and time are a byproduct of the "whirl of information" in our head that is weaved together by our mind into a coherent experience.
His new paper, co-authored by Dmitriy Podolskiy and Andrei Barvinsky, theorists in quantum gravity and quantum cosmology, shows how observers influence the structure of our reality.
According to Lanza and his colleagues,
The world is not something that is formed outside of us, simply existing on its own.
How can observers create reality?
How does this work...?
Lanza contends that a network of observers is necessary and is,
As he explains, observers - you, me, and anyone else - live in a quantum gravitational universe and come up with,
That's how reality comes to be consistently real to us all.
Once you keep measuring a quantity over and over, knowing the result of the first measurement, you will see the outcome to be the same.
In quantum terms, an observer influences reality through decoherence, which provides the framework for collapsing waves of probability,
Could the universe be a simulation?
Could an artificially intelligent entity without consciousness be dreaming up our world?
Lanza believes biology plays an important role, as he explains in his book The Grand Biocentric Design - How Life Creates Reality, which he co-authored with the physicist Matej Pavsic.
While a bot could conceivably be an observer, Lanza thinks a conscious living entity with the capacity for memory is necessary to establish the arrow of time.
This leads to the cause and effect relationships we can notice around us.
Lanza thinks that,
The God Equation
As Robert Lanza also wrote to Big Think, another key aspect of their work is that it resolves,
See the video below of Michio Kaku explaining the incompatibility and his proposal, string theory, to unite the two theories:
Physics' greatest mystery:
Michio Kaku explains the God Equation
incongruity of these two explanations of our physical world - with
quantum mechanics looking at the molecular and subatomic levels and
general relativity at the interactions between massive cosmic
structures like galaxies and
black holes - disappears once the
properties of observers are taken into account.
While this all may sound speculative, Lanza says their ideas are being tested using Monte Carlo simulations on powerful MIT computer clusters and will soon be tested experimentally...