Saturday, September 4, 2010

Placebos and Biocentrism

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The above video was posted last week on youtube, it connects to a text blog entry I published early this year called "Placebos Becoming More Effective?".

Thinking about what it's like to be an observer within a system where you and the system are both changing in the same way is the central idea to this entry. Here's a question for you: if I were growing one inch taller every month but everything in my world was also getting bigger by the same amount, how on earth would I ever be able to tell what's going on? I would need to find some way of viewing my reality from "outside the system", a very tricky thing to manage.

Biocentrism presents similar conundrums. If life creates space, time and the cosmos retroactively, how could life exist in the first place? For me, it comes down to imagining how life must be a process which ultimately exists "outside the system", outside of spacetime, in that timeless realm where "the distinction between past, present and future is meaningless", as Einstein liked to say.

Dr. Robert Lanza has a fascinating article he published at Huffington Post a few weeks ago which presents these ideas quite eloquently: it's called "Does the Past Exist Yet? Evidence Suggests Your Past Isn't Set in Stone". Here's the opening two paragraphs:

Recent discoveries require us to rethink our understanding of history. "The histories of the universe," said renowned physicist Stephen Hawking "depend on what is being measured, contrary to the usual idea that the universe has an objective observer-independent history."

Is it possible we live and die in a world of illusions? Physics tells us that objects exist in a suspended state until observed, when they collapse in to just one outcome. Paradoxically, whether events happened in the past may not be determined until sometime in your future -- and may even depend on actions that you haven't taken yet.

I'll invite you to read the whole article. Biocentrism as a concept takes some getting used to, but it does hold some fascinating implications once you wrap your head around the idea. Other blogs where I've talked about related ideas include:
Love and Gravity
Time and Schizophrenia
Alien Mathematics
The Long Undulating Snake
The Biocentric Universe Part 2
The Big Bang is an Illusion
Happy Birthday Paul
Placebos and Nocebos
The Biocentric Universe

That's all for this time around. Next time, our topic will be Dark Flow, Gravity, and Love.

Enjoy the journey!

Rob Bryanton

1 comment:

Ian said...

Hey Rob, there's a good chance you've already heard of this, but if not...

Biocentrism meets the selfish gene meets dark energy meets blackholes. I thought I was reading your site at first. :)

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