Is reality a hologram, a Social Agreement or just in your mind? Scientists try to explain ehat reality really is.
It’s not necessarily not real just because it’s all in your head.
According to some, “reality” is the state of things as they truly are, as opposed to how we comprehend or imagine them to be. As a result, our mental consciousness is frequently disregarded as a reliable indicator of reality. But this raises the question: Is it possible to assess reality without consciousness?
On a Science Channel program, MIT physicist Steven Nahn, who discovered evidence for the Higgs boson particle in 2012, previously said, “I absolutely believe reality is a real thing, but it does not mean we understand it.
Is Reality Just Something We Agree On?
The government was omnipotent in George Orwell’s dystopian novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four.” Society was so terrified that no one dared challenge their conclusion that 2+2=5. The fallacious notion became reality. Anyone who claimed that 2 + 2 Equals 4 was wrong.
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While it may seem absurd that 2+2=5, one would wonder how much more subtly similar societal norms influence reality in other areas of our lives.
Humans occasionally do work together to create a reality. A $1 bill’s value, for instance, does not correspond to the cost of the paper or the ink that was used to print it. Its worth derives from our collective understanding.
Philosophy Now magazine poses a question: “What is the nature of reality?” It examines a problem arising from when we base reality on our collective agreements. “Promises, agreements, treaties are real only so long as they can be trusted,” they write. “Some plans and commitments are called unreal because we know they will come to nothing.”
“The illusion comes when we confuse the reality we experience with the physical reality, the thing-in-itself.”— Peter Russell
“It is sometimes said that our image of reality is an illusion, but that is misleading,” wrote Peter Russell, an experimental psychologist at Cambridge University who first majored in mathematics and theoretical physics. “It may all be an appearance in the mind, but it is nonetheless real—the only reality we ever know. The illusion comes when we confuse the reality we experience with the physical reality, the thing-in-itself.”
Is Reality Inseparable From Consciousness?
Consciousness will always affect how we perceive reality. This is what some of the most well-known scientists of our day tell us. Even though certain scientific fields haven’t done so yet, one might as well accept the truth.
Robert G. Jahn, professor of aerospace science and former dean of Princeton University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, quotes a number of authorities on consciousness and reality in his book “Margins of Reality.” These authorities include:
“All concepts, even those closest to experience, are from the point of logic, freely chosen conventions, just as is the case with the concept of causality,” observed Albert Einstein once.
“The same organizing forces that have shaped nature in all her forms are also responsible for the structure of our minds ” according to Werner Heisenberg, a pioneer in the field of quantum physics.
“The concepts which now prove to be fundamental to our understanding of nature … seem to my mind to be structures of pure thought, … the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine,” astrophysicist Sir James Jean exclaimed.
“Our mental apparatus … itself is a constituent part of that world which we are to investigate,” wrote Sigmund Freud.
According to philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, “The intellect and matter are correlatives … one exists only for the other; both stand to fall together; the one is only the other’s reflex. They are in fact really one and the same thing, considered from two opposite points of view.”
In Dr. Jahn’s own words, “Reality, encompassing all aspects of experience, expression, and behavior, is constituted only at the interface between consciousness and its environment … It is further presumed that the sole currency of any reality is information, which may flow in either direction; that is, consciousness may insert information into its environment as well as extract information from it.”
Is Reality All Just a Hologram?
Theoretical physicists have one more hypothesis, which claims that reality might be based on a higher dimensional plane. While the three-dimensional reality we experience and perceive with our five senses might only be a projection or hologram that imitates that transcendent place that is out of our reach. Another notion put forth by scientists today is this one.