Out there, beyond the bounds of consciousness, one imagines the existence of a colourful world of sounds, smells, tastes and textures. However, nothing like that exists except in the mind. In reality, what exists is a heaving world of particles that have no colour, make no sound, produce no odour, possess no taste or sensation. That includes the apparently empty outer space.
In processing a continuum of signals from the surroundings, and from within our bodies, our brains give us a sense of continuity of existence in space and in time. However, that continuity is false. At some level, below the level of atoms and molecules, that continuity breaks down revealing the reality of the world as bits. At such a level, reality becomes individual elements of space and time. Each such element defines the smallest possible location in space and its oscillation defines the shortest possible time epoch. The smallest dimension of such a space is referred to in physics as the Planck length and the time it takes it to oscillate is referred to as the Planck time. Continue reading “My Take On Physical Reality: A Quantum Perspective”
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Welcome to my blog ‘Physical Reality’ and to my first post!
As a design engineer who is extremely curious about how the universe works, I spent a few years conceptualising a model of a universe that would appear like our universe. Having decided on the likely raw material, I spent seven years (2007 – 2014), developing a hypothesis to explain how that material would develop into a fully functioning self-supporting universe. Now, I have reached a level of confidence, which enables me to transpose details of the workings of that model to our physical reality and interpret all physical phenomenon in light of that hypothesis.
We perceive physical reality as having four facets, namely, space, matter, energy and time. Nothing physical can exist beyond those facets. However, our understanding of their nature is severely handicapped by the way the human brain works and how it modulates the signals detected by the senses. We rely on our brains to identify and interact with our surroundings. Our brains receive and process signals captured by our senses. However, those signals do not necessarily convey the entire picture of what is taking place in those surroundings, because the range of signals that our senses can capture is extremely limited. Furthermore, not all that exists in the surroundings produce signals! At times we have to rely on inference in order to understand what is taking place.
In addition to the limited range of signals it can receive and process, the brain has its own limitations, which include restricted filtering of interference, limited speed of signal processing, processing logic limitation, etc. This picture of dependency on limited signal processing leaves little wonder as to the confusion around our understanding of the nature of physical reality at all levels.
In the book ‘Physical Reality: the fabric of space’, I unravel the mysteries of quantum mechanics and unveil the myths associated with maths by explaining its relationship with the physical world.