5.17.2009

If A Tree Falls...

Speaking of Short Circuit, that is exactly what my neurons did when I infused them with this excerpt from this book, by way of Discovery Magazine. Biocentrism is the idea that the universe exists, and can be observed, only because of the existence of the observer. The author cites findings in the field of quantum physics--particularly the (observed) behavior of photons--as reasons we should be seriously considering the possibility that the universe is a product of consciousness, not necessarily the other way around. Perhaps that which is observed is actually part of the observer.

This, of course, would have profound implications for our notions of time, space, and science:

Biocentrism should unlock the cages in which Western science has unwittingly confined itself. Allowing the observer into the equation should open new approaches to understanding cognition, from unraveling the nature of consciousness to developing thinking machines that experience the world the same way we do. Biocentrism should also provide stronger bases for solving problems associated with quantum physics and the Big Bang. Accepting space and time as forms of animal sense perception (that is, as biological), rather than as external physical objects, offers a new way of understanding everything from the microworld (for instance, the reason for strange results in the two-slit experiment) to the forces, constants, and laws that shape the universe. At a minimum, it should help halt such dead-end efforts as string theory.

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