Metaphysics FAQFrequently Asked Questions
Metaphysics FAQ – Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about metaphysics, quantum mechanics, special relativity, the speed of light, the implicate order, the subjective nature of reality, and the existence of universal consciousness or God.
How do you know that the physical world isn't objectively real?
The fact that the speed of light is the same for all observers, no matter how fast they may be moving, proves that reality doesn’t objectively exist. If reality objectively existed, everything would move around within that objective space, meaning everything (including light) would move relative to the objective background of space. But light doesn’t behave like that – its speed is always relative to the observer – which proves that the observer’s consciousness is more fundamental than space and matter.
How does consciousness render or manifest reality?
Our consciousness doesn’t observe the screen of reality – our consciousness is the screen of reality. Consciousness is the immersive 3D screen upon which reality manifests and is experienced. Everything we perceive and experience is made explicate (manifest and experienceable) within our consciousness. So reality isn’t objectively manifest or permanently-existing; it only comes into manifest existence when it is experienced by our consciousness.
Note: We must drop the notion of light travelling from objects to our eyes (so we can see them), because light, objects and space only explicately exist within our consciousness. Light doesn’t ever travel though objective space because objective universal space doesn’t exist. Our consciousness activates the pixels of reality into explicate existence, and photons are simply some of the pixels illuminating within our consciousness.
Apart from the subjective nature of the speed of light, is there any other evidence that reality isn't objective?
Yes, Quantum Mechanics and Cognitive Science also show that reality is subjective:
Quantum Mechanics: World-renowned physicists such as Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Max Planck, John Wheeler and David Bohm have always known that an objective world doesn’t exist “out there”. You can read more about it here.
Cognitive Science: The same article contains links to some short video clips of Donald Hoffman, Cognitive Science Professor at the University of California, explaining the same thing from a cognitive science perspective.
Everyone sees the same reality, so it must be objective - mustn't it?
Perception isn’t a window on objective reality, it is a process that makes reality subjectively perceptible. We all think we are observing the same objective reality, but each of us is actually observing our own subjective version of reality. This may sound surprising, but it shouldn’t, because it’s what quantum mechanics has been trying to tell us all along – that reality doesn’t objectively exist!
Why do most people still believe that the world is objectively real?
Back in the 1920s, the founding fathers of quantum mechanics, Max Planck, Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, all believed that consciousness was primary and physical reality was secondary. But because Albert Einstein didn’t like their interpretation of quantum mechanics, their beliefs failed to gain universal acceptance in the physics community. Until there is universal agreement in the physics community, the information will never get enough press or media coverage to make its way into mainstream society, and until that happens, the average person will continue to believe that reality is objectively real.
What is the implicate order?
World-renowned physicist, David Bohm described two orders (or sides of reality) of reality:
The Explicate Order is what we commonly refer to as reality, but this is actually only the external surface of reality. It is the familiar manifest world of space, time and matter.
The Implicate Order is the deeper, more fundamental reality that underlies the familiar material surface. It is the unmanifest potentiality from which the manifest universe originates and emerges into actuality. It is higher-dimensionally “enfolded” (informationally, energetically and spatially) into every point of the manifest universe.
How does the primacy of consciousness prove that God exists?
If consciousness is the fundamental nature of reality, and we only experience a small localised piece of it, the rest of reality (the unmanifest informational totality) can only be described as universal consciousness, or “the mind of God”. So this new model of reality seems to prove the existence of God! Each individual consciousness (soul) is a bubble within the infinite ocean of universal consciousness, or a character within God’s dream. I am using the term “God” here in a non-religious sense, as shorthand for universal consciousness.
Some might argue that this doesn’t necessarily prove the existence of God, because reality could also be a computer simulation, just like in The Matrix. But the creators’ supreme intellect and power would make them gods by any definition, so the point is moot. But more importantly, the whole point of a simulated reality is to not let the characters inside know that it’s a simulation, and the subjective nature of the speed of light (and reality) is such an obvious giveaway. You can read more about it here.