Why You Will Always Exist: Time Is 'On Demand'
- From the Huffington Post 2/10/11
Why You Will Always Exist: Time Is 'On Demand'
By Robert Lanza MD
You've laughed and cried. And you may even fall
in love and grow old with someone, only to be
ripped apart in the end by death and disease.
The universe leaves you dead or grieving with
a hole in you as big as infinity.
Are we part of a depraved cosmic joke, the
product of a vast and ruthless universe?
Through the eyes of science, you're a speck of
junk spinning around the core of the Milky Way
galaxy, which itself is whirling through the
unfathomable blackness of space. It's all in
the equations, you know. Nothing to get philosophical
about. Nobel physicist Steven Weinberg summed it up best:
The effort to understand the universe is one
of the very few things that lifts human life a
little bit above the level of a farce and gives
it some of the grace of a tragedy.
Can life really be reduced to the laws of
physics? Or are we -- as all the great spiritual
leaders of the world have intuited -- part of
something higher, which is more noble and triumphant?
The latter is hard for us to rationally comprehend,
since we've had more years of scientific
indoctrination than monks get in monasteries.
In Robert Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land,"
Jubal said we're prisoners of our early indoctrinations,
"for it is hard, very nearly impossible, to shake
off one's earliest training." We've been taught
since grade school that life is an accidental
byproduct of the laws of physics, and that the
Universe is a dreary play of billiard balls.
True, science has brought us countless insights
that have transformed our lives. It's amazingly
good at figuring out how the parts work. The clock
has been taken apart, and we can accurately count
the number of teeth in each wheel and gear. We
know Mars rotates in 24 hours, 37 minutes and 23
seconds. What eludes us is the big picture, which
unfortunately encompasses all the bottom-line
issues: What is the nature of this thing we call reality?
Any honest summary of the current state of explaining
the universe as a whole: a swamp. And in this
Everglade, the alligators of common sense must
be evaded at every turn.
Some scientists insist a Theory of Everything
is just around the corner. But it hasn't happened
and won't happen until we understand a critical
component of the cosmos -- a component that
has been shunted out of the way because science
doesn't know what to do with it. "Consciousness"
isn't a small item; it's an utter mystery, which
we think has somehow arisen from molecules and goo.
In short, the attempt to explain the nature of
the universe and what's really going on requires
an understanding of how the observer -- our
presence -- plays a role. Our entire education
and language revolves around a mindset that
assumes a separate universe "out there." It's
further assumed we accurately perceive this
external reality and play little or no role in
However, starting in the '20s, experiments have
shown the opposite: The observer critically
influences the outcome. The experiments have
been performed so many times, with so many
variations, it's conclusively proven that a
particle's behavior depends upon the very act
of observation. The results of these experiments
have befuddled scientists for decades. Some
of the greatest physicists have described them
as impossible to intuit.
Amazingly, if we accept a life-created reality,
it all becomes simple to understand, and you
can explain some of the biggest puzzles of
science. For instance, it becomes clear why
space and time -- and even the properties of
matter itself -- depend on the observer. Remember:
You can't see through the bone surrounding
your brain. Space and time are simply the mind's
tools for putting everything together.
According to current scientific myth, all
your struggles and tears are ultimately in
vain. After you die and the human race is long
gone, it'll be as if nothing in your life ever existed.
Not so, says biocentrism: Reality isn't a thing,
it's a process that involves our consciousness.
Life is a melody so vast and eternal that human
ears can't appreciate the tonal range of the symphony.
Time is the mind's tool that animates the notes,
the individual frames of the spatial world. "There's
no way to remove the observer -- us -- from our
perceptions of the world," said Stephen Hawking.
"The past, like the future, is indefinite and
exists only as a spectrum of possibilities." You,
the observer, collapse these possibilities, the
cascade of events we call the universe.
Our consciousness animates the universe like an
old phonograph. Listening to it doesn't alter
the record, and depending on where the needle is
placed, you hear a certain piece of music. This
is what we call "now." The songs before and after
are the past and future. In like manner, you,
your loved ones and friends (and sadly, the
villains too) endure always. The record doesn't
go away. All nows exist simultaneously, although
we can only listen to the songs one by one.
Time is On Demand.
"The most important thing I learned," said Billy
Pilgrim in Kurt Vonnegut's novel "Slaughterhouse
Five," "was that when a person dies, he only appears
to die. He is still very much alive in the past, so
it is very silly for people to cry at his funeral.
All moments, past, present and future, always
have existed, always will exist."
"Biocentrism" (co-authored with astronomer Bob Berman) lays out Lanza's theory of everything.
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