Quantum Physics Reality Is An Illusion

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What if we told you that the reality you’re so accustomed to isn’t real? What if everything you see in front of you is only an illusion? What if we told you that you’ve never actually touched anything in real life?

It’s mind-boggling, isn’t it?

In this article, we will discuss the current research that is challenging reality as we know it.

Discovery At The Large Hadron Collider

The Large Hadron Collider or (LHC) is the world’s largest particle accelerator at the CERN laboratory.

The LHC reproduces conditions that occurred within a billionth of a second after the Big Bang by accelerating and colliding ions at speeds close to that of light. 

Due to this experiment, researchers have made remarkable discoveries:

  • The universe has no physical existence.
  • Reality is just an illusion.
  • Everything is only energy.

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How Is Reality Just Energy?

In schools, we’ve been taught that an atom is a group of protons and electrons circling around a tiny neutron. However, we’re afraid that’s not right.

The tiny particles making up the atom have no physical structure, weight, or size. In fact, they have no physical appearance at all. Instead, these are all just events taking place in time.

Moreover, electrons don’t have a single presence—they exist as both waves and particles simultaneously based on how they are observed.

This means that they are not in a single location at one time but exist in different moments.

Furthermore, according to superposition, several particles, except electrons, can exist in various places in one moment.

The Copenhagen Interpretation

The more we discover realities about the universe, the more we realize how little we truly know about it.

Many researchers are beginning to embrace Copenhagen Interpretation as the conclusion to understand reality.

The Copenhagen Interpretation is from the school of quantum mechanics and believes in the notion that reality does not exist without an observer who observes it.

Since we have stated that there is no physical reality of subatomic particles, the reality is only energy. Moreover, this energy is only conscious when a consciousness observes it.

This concept is indeed difficult to understand. However, it can be simply put that since particles exist in different locations at the same time, they respond to the observer by being at one place, which allows the observer to have something to observe.

More researchers also believe that reality, as we know it, exists because the human consciousness interacts with it and wills it to exist.

Physicists believe that ‘matter’ isn’t real—concrete or solid. It is, in fact, an illusion, and the mathematical apparatus devised in theories is real. As per information realists, matter comes from information processing and not the opposite. Even our souls and mind are derivative phenomena of abstract information processing.

Entanglement—Far Apart But Still Close

Another phenomenon in quantum physics is Entanglement.

Entanglement refers to the situation in which a pair of particles have interacted and affected each other’s spins.

Once these particles have tangled, they can’t be untangled. This means that no matter how far these particles may be, they will always affect each other.

In a famous experiment, scientists grew algae in a petri dish. They then separated the cells in halves and took one half to a different laboratory.

What they found was significant—a small amount of current applied to one half of the cell would always affect the other half in the other laboratory at the same time.

How Can This Be Possible?

All of this may be difficult to digest. However, it would need a little of open-mindedness and a shift in our current thinking to understand these unfolding concepts. We must no longer think of our universe as a physical space where all things exist.

Instead, we have to think of the universe as information.

We have to envision that our ‘physical’ universe is a product of an abstract universe in which all of us are connected.

The physical constructs of our universe contain information, which is transferred from the abstract realm to the physical state, as famously described by Plato.

Moreover, Erwin Schrodinger said,

“What we see as forces and material bodies are nothing but variations and shapes in space’s structure. Particles are just appearances.”

In a nutshell, everything is energy and nothing else.

How Do We Cope With This Information?

Indeed, with all of this information, there must be several questions forming in your mind. There are also various realizations that you need to understand.

  • Moreover, we have never touched any surface. The electrons from which you are made up repel the electrons of surfaces. This means that you have never interacted with any entity at the subatomic level.
  • Taking this thought forward: if we have never truly ‘touched’ anything, what do we feel when we ‘touch’ something?
  • How is there a physical presence of the world when the subatomic particles that form it do not actually exist in reality?
  • If reality isn’t real, what is real anyway?

A Final Word

In this article, we discussed the recent discussions in quantum physics about physical reality being an illusion.

What was the part that sparked the most interest for you? And after reading this article, what do you think about reality?

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