Modern science propounds the view that the universe, in all its complexity, was created from simple starting conditions following some simple rules. But what if science has it the wrong way round? What if the universe only exists as far as our momentary experience of it, and it is our experience itself that is being built up following simple rules? Indeed, science seems to be verging on contemplating this very idea when it contemplates the strangeness of quantum mechanics. In this episode, we’ll leap right ahead and contemplate the unthinkable possibility that we are generating the universe as we go along, much like a computer generates a fractal image.
In this episode:
Materialism makes it hard to explain free will and Schrodinger’s cat – missing considerations from the materialist viewpoint – could everything exist in our minds? – what is the mechanism by which the mind constructs reality, if it does? – Mandelbrot and his fractals – infinite complexity – similarity between physical universe and Mandelbrot fractal – Big Bang and Gödel – our experience could be generated much like a fractal – Hindu/Buddhist metaphysics – we all automatically apply certain mathematical rules in our minds in observing or creating the world – why is the universe full of unexpected stuff? – why can’t we walk through walls or defy gravity? – what is it that all measurements of position have in common? – the hack at the centre of quantum physics
Featured Music: “Nimrod” from the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar