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Light and the universe is produced by our minds

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THE IMPLICATION THAT LIGHT IS NEITHER WAVE NOR PARTICLE BUT BEHAVES AS THE ONE THAT THE OBSERVER WANTS IT TO BEHAVE FOR HIM

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

Yesterday, finally, I grasped the implication of the double slit experiment. In case you do not know about it, if you have a hole, a slit on a board and shoot light at it the light would go through it as a particle and leave a mark at a paper placed behind the hole; on the other hand, if you have two holes, slits and shoot light at them the light splits into two and goes through both holes and leave interference marks on the paper behind them thus indicating that it behaved as a wave.

Thomas Young first performed this experiment in 1803 and used it to prove the wave function of light; in his mind, Young believed that he disproved Isaac Newton's contention that light is particles (corpuscles') and proved Christian Huygens' (1629-1695) contention that light is wave.

Quantum physicists revisited the experiment in the 1920s and used it to prove the wave-particle function of light.

The implication is that light can behave as wave or particle depending on the intention of the experimenter and his tools. If you, the experimenter, have two holes, two tools, light splits into two and behaves as wave for you; if your tool is one hole light behaves as a particle. Therefore, light is "a priori" neither wave nor particle.

What light is we do not know; what we do know is that it does what we ask it to do for us. Light, photons have no objective nature that we can verify experimentally; Neil's Bohr and his Copenhagen school of quantum physics held to this position; they posit that light is in superposition before us, the observers have an intention and ask it to do what we want it to do for us.

In 1958 Hugh Everett took the idea of superposition to a whole new level; he posited what he called the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics; he said that there are many worlds, many universes and that light, whatever that is, is in those universes when we do not look for it and come out to perform the wave or particle function we want it to perform for us.

In other experiments it seems that light actually anticipate our intentions before we engage in the experiment; for example, if we want to do the double slit or one slit experiment light seems to already anticipate our intention and immediately perform as we ask it to perform for us.

The many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that light exists elsewhere and come out to do as we ask it to do for us, act as wave or particle.

In Werner Heisenberg's uncertainty principle it is said that we cannot at the same time ascertain the position and momentum of the electron inside the atom. If we ascertain its momentum, velocity we do not know where it is at. Where then is it at when we do not see it? In superposition; is it in a different universe or does not even exist until we want it to exist in a particular place?

Light is the stuff with which quarks, protons, neutrons and electrons are made; light is what elements and matter are made of.

If light does not exist before we want it to exist it follows that light becomes matter (elements) only when we want those to exist for us.

Since the universe of galaxies, stars, planets, plants and animals are made from light it follows that the universe does not exist either as wave or particle until we, the observers, want it to exist for us. In effect, the universe does not exist independent of us but only seems to exist independent of us.

Empiricism then is an illusion? What we observe as out there was placed out there by our minds? Mind or consciousness, in effect, brought the universe into existence and have it behave as wave or particles for it.

In the final analysis the implication is that the universe (light) is neither wave nor particles; it does not exist apart from us. (See George Berkeley's solipsism that claims that the universe is in our minds.)

You could ask the following question(s). The Big Bang hypothesis of the origin of the universe says that the universe has existed for 13.8 billion years.   Human beings, as we now know them, have existed for about 100, 000 years. That is, consciousness in human form has existed for less than a million years whereas the universe has existed for billions of years. If it is human consciousness that brought the universe into being how come the universe existed for billions of years before human consciousness? This seems a good question, is it not?

But is consciousness only found in present form of human beings?  The earth came into being 4.5 billion years ago; apparently, it and its star, the sun and eight other planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus and Pluto), Asteroids and Comets came into being from supernova of other stars.

We know that as soon as the initial hot earth cooled down (apparently, comets brought water to earth), about 3.8 billion years ago, animal life began evolving on it almost immediately, from around 3.7 billion years ago.

Single celled biological organisms, such as bacteria have been on planet earth for, at least, 3.7 billion years. Does consciousness exist in bacteria, yes or no?  How do you know for sure?

We can assume that in one form or another consciousness has been around on planet earth for almost four billion years.

One assumes that there are biological life forms on the other planets in our Milky Way galaxy or in the trillions of exoplanets in the billions and billions of galaxies in the universe. In some of those planets biological life forms probably have consciousness that has existed, may be, for over 10 billion years?

And there is nothing to say that it is not consciousness itself that asked the Big Bang to occur hence consciousness probably precedes the existence of the physical universe.

Some reductionist neuroscientists tell us that consciousness is the product of the human brain; that is, is epiphenomenal. They study the brain and show us how information is transmitted at neurons' synapses and claim that that is the origin of consciousness. Really?

The dance of electrons, electrical ions (of calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, and phosphor), and neurotransmitters made me to go write this essay or wrote this essay?

Electrons made William Shakespeare write his immortal tragedies and comedies? Electrons wrote those tragedies and comedies?

Neuroscientists are too silly to be taken seriously. Consciousness, perhaps, in a manner we do not understand, probably exists apart from matter, energy, space and time.

Obviously, we have not quite understood how it all works out, how consciousness and matter interact.  The purpose of science is to ask questions and answer them, not to close doors to answering questions.

Atheism is the stuff of shabby minds.  Yes, we do not know if there is God or not but that does not preclude consciousness, albeit in unknown form from existing.

God is the product of human definition; the way our ancestors defined God in Christianity and Islam and other religions is obviously unacceptable to modern scientifically trained minds.

There may well be a form of consciousness the nature of which we have not understood. We just have to deconstruct our old God and reconstruct him, for we constructed him in the first place.

God is not outside us; God is us playing with the manifest universe we made (we want to understand what we made through science and play with it through technology).

DISCUSSION

My hypothesis is that consciousness is outside and inside matter, energy, space and time. It is consciousness that produced light, atoms, elements and matter and the physical universe. Mind produced our universe; how it did so I do not know.

CONCLUSION

I am aware that I merely asserted my opinion without proving its validity. If you want to understand this debate before you form your own opinion you may want to read books by and on the following giants of twentieth century science:

Max Plank (discovered quanta of light), Albert Einstein (posited theory of General Relativity, renamed quanta of light photons), Neils Bohr (posited Complementarity principle), Ernest Rutherford (discovered protons), James Chadwick (discovered neutrons), Louis Broglie (showed that electrons and other particles behaved as light in double slit experiments), Werner Heisenberg (wrote about uncertainty principle), Erwin Schrodinger ( provided us with the wave equations undergirding quantum mechanics), Paul Dirac (posited the idea of anti-matter), David Bolm (posited the idea of implicate and explicate orders of reality), Fred Hoyle (he is largely responsible for understanding nucleosynthesis inside stars, how hydrogen fuses into helium; I accept his steady state universe, his idea of many big bangs producing many island universes; his idea that space and time have existed for ever and ever and his idea that life forms were brought to planet earth from space, that as planet earth speeds through space that it sometimes encounters  areas with viruses that then affect us on earth; and that AIDs and other viruses, such as Ebola were cooked in Western laboratories and used to kill Africans and homosexual men, the two groups hated by the fundamentalist Christian white man), Hugh Everett (many worlds view of quantum mechanics), John Bell (propagated the entangled particles nonlocal behavior, although Albert Einstein in his 1935, EPR thought experiment anticipated it),  Alan Aspect (experimentally proved  nonlocality of entangled particles) and Alan Guth and Linde (invented inflation theory to explain why the incipient universe was not forced by gravity to collapse back to itself and end evolution) and other quantum physicists and cosmologists.

In sum, the physical universe was produced by our minds and is in our minds! In Hinduism's categories, the universe is a dream in our minds. Disprove this assertion if you can.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

May 15, 2017

www.centerformindscience.org

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: ozodiosuji@gmail.com (907) 310-8176