Daily Nugget of Gold 1030

It is our illusions that create the world” –  Didier Cauwelaer

 

Daily Nugget of Gold 1030

 

Physical Reality- It Ain’t What it Used to Be

 

Catchy title, huh? Not only is it not what it used to be, it wasn’t what we thought it was then, either.  At this point you might begin to wonder- why is knowing all this stuff important anyhow?  As legendary coach Vince Lombardi would start off each football season, he held a football in the air when meeting with his players and declare, “Gentlemen, this is a football.”  Why?  Why did he do that?  He did it because- if they were going to be a winning team, he knew that the fundamentals of the game were the most important things his players needed to learn.  His declaration was a metaphor for how important getting back to the very basics of everything related to the game of football is.

 

So if we learn the lesson of what one of the greatest figures in sports was trying to present, fundamentals are “all that and more”.  Fundamentals- the foundation upon which you build.  Try building a house on a crooked foundation, or one built on sand.  Not a fun deal.

 

So let’s get into physics a little bit, shall we?  Oh, we’re not going to try to explain it all- we’ll just let you in on what the most brilliant scientific minds have had to say on it.  Why not start with Albert Einstein?

 

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit, a very persistent one.” – Albert Einstein

 

Einstein was known for his humor, and one might think that he was laughing it up when he said that.  Who knows, he might have laughed… but he also said:

 

Hence it is clear that the space of physics is not, in the last analysis, anything given in nature or independent of human thought.  It is a function of our conceptual scheme [mind].” – Albert Einstein

 

It sounds to us like what he is saying is something along the lines of this- that physical reality is a product dependent on human thought to be real.  That’s wild stuff!

 

…It will remain remarkable, in whatever way our future concepts may develop, that the very study of the external world led to the conclusion that the content of the consciousness is an ultimate reality.”  – Nobel Prize winner, Physicist Eugene Wigner.

 

Wait…”The content of consciousness” Ultimate reality?  You might wish to argue that consciousness is physical (good luck with that deal) but… the content of consciousness?  Why- isn’t that information? Data?  How could it be that reality is information, just information? That’s totally non-physical.  Holy crow!  We’ve filled the page already and we haven’t concluded anything yet…y’all come back now, hear?

 

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

 

If it’s your job to study something and then you find out it doesn’t even exist, then what exactly is your job?”

 

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