Reality is not there when we look away

On physweb.org today…

Some physicists are uncomfortable with the idea that all individual quantum events are innately random. This is why many have proposed more complete theories, which suggest that events are at least partially governed by extra “hidden variables”. Now physicists from Austria claim to have performed an experiment that rules out a broad class of hidden-variables theories that focus on realism — giving the uneasy consequence that reality does not exist when we are not observing it (Nature 446 871).

Well that’s awkward.
And now, from a history of vedic seers:

What is fascinating about the experience of the Vedic seers is not only that they have dared to explore the outer space of being and existence, piercing the outskirts of reality, exploring the boundaries of the universe, describing being and its universal laws, but that they have also undertaken the risky and intriguing adventure of going beyond and piercing the being barrier so as to float in utter nothingness, so to speak, and discover that Nonbeing is only the outer atmosphere of Being, its protective veil. They plunge thus into a darkness enwrapped by darkness, into the Beyond from which there is no return, into that Prelude of Existence in which there is neither Being nor Nonbeing, neither God nor Gods, nor creature of any type; the traveler himself is volatilized, has disappeared.

Sciencesauce

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One thought on “Reality is not there when we look away

  1. Maybe we are all trapped in some kind of computer program or “Matrix” (as you kids are calling it) after all. If a program had to run that was sophisticated enough to handle every person and creature and object on the planet, it would have to skimp a little somewhere. If I were programming such a thing I’d tell it not to bother to render reality if no one was looking.

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