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Does the Human Brain Create "His" Universe?

Updated on June 11, 2011

The electron beam was shown to bend by observer's presence

Diagram of twin-slit experiment. credit wikipedia.
Diagram of twin-slit experiment. credit wikipedia.

Do Our Minds Create the Individual's Reality

(Please Note: Readers would also benefit from reading the article on this subject by hubber Spirit Whisperer, as he explains more clearly the odd behaviour of particles in the experiments mentioned herein, as well as much more).

I must confess I don't know much about my subject today, especially as I might be creating the conditions about which I write! And I also hope I'm not going crazy and if I am, so are many learned physicists who are amazed at the latest experiments which seems to prove the observer actually affects the outcome of the experiments - and perhaps everything else in the Universe - with their own minds.

The discovery that sparked this latest discussion was the fact that a divided stream of electrons, when passed through twin slots in a plate, behaved differently as they were observed, as if the observers actually possessed telekinetic powers they were not aware of and which changed the direction and patterns formed by the electrons. I am deliberately not looking at Wikipedia or other erudite sites to put this article into more technical language. If you are interested, you can easily look further.

What this seems to mean is that the observer of life - of the whole universe - may play a much greater part in constructing what he is actually looking at! Something philosophers, poets and minor scientific dabblers have hinted at for years. It’s the old “if a tree falls in a forest and there is nobody there, is there any sound?” Or, indeed, based on the later experiments, if there was any tree or forest for it to fall in, if there was no “creator” there to bring the tableau to life. By the word creator, I don’t mean a divinity, but the observer as a creator of all he sees.

Of course, most readers will have come across the old tree and forest conundrum and will have realized that there is no sound per se if no one is there, because it is the human ear drum that creates the “sound;” the rush of air from the falling tree causes the ear drums to vibrate which, in turn, is interpreted by the brain as the familiar sounds we report. If there was no ear present, all there would be is a silent rush of air. (and maybe not even that if the latest experiments are taken to one of their conclusions, that we create the whole shebang all around us, each and ever one!).

If you want to take this further, are you really there, reader Smith, if I can’t see you and interpret the mass of moving atoms with my eyes and brain as you, “John Smith?”

And don’t immediately jump to the conclusion that some kind of static electricity from the observer’s brains caused the electrons to act up: nor magnetism, the aura or even the soul! Why not? Because the observers in the USA found their minds even affected a similar experiment being conducted in Australia! How do you like them apples?

It seems electrons and perhaps other - or all - subatomic particles have a collective consciousness and communicate with one another in ways we cannot yet understand.

There’s lots of questions to be answered here before any of this can be accepted as anything more than curious experiments. Such as the fact that, if true, there must be a separate reality for all of us, and for all life on Earth, down to the most primitive virus.

I have two pet budgies which I have written about on HP. I often wonder how they perceive the reality of their existence in a cage. What do they think I am? Their jailer, budgie butler, another much larger bird? Etc. Do they wonder when they look out of the window why they aren’t flying around with all the wild birds out there? Whatever the realty of their situation they perceive, it is vastly different than mine. They can never know, for example, that they are supposed to be in Australia with flocks of other parakeets: they will never know the pleasures of freedom under azure skies, nor, of course, the pain as a hawk’s talons, or shotgun pellet tears into their tiny bodies. They did know the aviary in the pet shop where they stayed, or were hatched and if they could tell of the beginnings of their lives, this is as near reality as they could relate.

How can any life-form really know what it is, where it originated or if it means anything more than an extrusion of energy that will soon fall back into the matter bank again?

Just like my budgies, man doesn’t know what came before the brief story of the fossil record and the “Big Bang,” and if they are religious, what made or came before God?

Perhaps the only truth that makes sense is that we create the ongoing scenario every day - and every second, (whatever “time“ is!). Science may soon have more answers for us...and we may provide the febrile ground to understand them!


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      diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico



      Use quantum theory!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Lots of good food for thought Bobby. I've read before that we each create our own world with our minds, attitudes, etc. I understand using one's mind to control things to some extent. I have done it with cards and dice, and even with real life to an extent. Wish I could make it work on winning the lottery . . .

      Searched for your hub on fossils that you said you had updated and found nothing with fossil(s) in the title. You have so many articles that I use a search feature rather than reading through them all when searching for a particular hub.

      Reached 70 degrees here yesterday and to be as good or better today -- to think just a week ago we were in a deep freeze! There are still remnants of the ice here and there, but it's mostly melted now.

      Hope you're having a good Wednesday. xox

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Didn't even see it! Cheers, Trish...Bob

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi Bob :)

      Divine inspiration will provide :)

      Well done on your '100' profile score, by the way!

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hello Trish. Who knows whether anything is "true," or even what truth is. There have been many experiments done and the results all seem to show other forces at work than the "traditional" ones. We are baffled, because the normal laws of physics we are familiar with don't provide explanations for this phenomena.

      I have a block and can't think of a darn thing to write about lately! Bobx

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hello Diogenes :)

      This really is my kind of hub.

      It allows for the most weird and miraculous and questionable and inexplicable happenings, but does not ~ necessarily ~ equate them with the supernatual, or the divine.

      I have heard about the phenomenon before. I have also heard that it isn't true. I have no idea about the rights and wrongs or the meaning or lack of meaning. I am agnostic about all such matters (surely we all are, really?!) ~ but I am also a seeker after knowledge.

      I shall read that other hub, which you recommend. This is a really fascinating and intriguing topic, which should get us all thinking!

      Thanks :)

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      klevifusha 7 years ago

      This is such an amazing hub. It really has me wondering...could I possibly be living in a world where my mind serves as the "creator"? It's so puzzling.

      Thank you for this hub diogenes. Wonderful work.

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      diogenes 7 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Stephanie. It seems as if that is the point. As everything is made from the same atoms and particles, the universe would seem to be like a huge sea all the elements touching one another, or having the capability to do so. Thanks for your comment...Bob

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      Stephanie Henkel 7 years ago from USA

      I have to think more about this before my brain can fully wrap itself around these concepts, but it does make me wonder again if everything in the universe is connected and affected by every other thing. Thanks for a thought provoking hub! Voted up!

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      diogenes 7 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Wonderful comment Manna. Thank goodness there are still some mysteries in the universe. Shame Eistein isn't still with us, wouldn't he have enjoyed all the latest and ongoing revelations! bob

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      Manna in the wild 7 years ago from Australia

      This is about the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. It's not really seriously pursued by physicists today.

      When Feyman was teaching Q.E.D. he stoically insisted that despite all the maths, all the experiments, and all the hand-waving arguments about wave-particle duality, photons, HAVE to be particles. They just have to be. But he had no way to prove that. He kept saying one thing, followed by a hand-wringing statement that photons are particles! You can use them to knock things about.

      If you watch some of his lectures he is obviously frustrated about this. But recently, an experiment was performed where the D/Slit experiment was only very very slightly perturbed so that after many averaged results it was possible to determine that a photon does indeed go through only one slot even though the interference pattern remains stable under these special conditions.

      For me, this raises more questions than it answers, but it does seem to suggest that a photon is a particle. Ok - it also does wavy things but it looks like it is really a particle.

      Another experiment has shown that the electron is a sphere, to an accuracy of the width of a human hair on the scale of our solar system.

      As for "collective consciousness" as an explanation for the Copenhagen interpretation: If an electron is so perfectly spherical, where is the 'disorder' that would be required to make a mind to store a consciousness?

      The problem that everyone has with quantum mechanics is that it is irresistible to impose classical physics on sub-atomic particles to get some kind of mental picture about what is going on. But you just can't do that. Anyone who tries it fails. The maths works. The experiments verify the theory and that's all we really have to work with at this stage.

      Telekinesis? No.

      Pre-cognition? Maybe - a little. If consciousness in our brains lag physical reality as if living in a slightly delayed recording, then maybe it's feasible that some real events might influence a delayed consciousness. There are some experiments which seem to measure brain activity slightly before apparent physical stimulus. It would be interesting to dig these up and examine them in more detail.

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      diogenes 7 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Quantum Theory baffles everyone, guys, no less the scientists employing it every day. The point might be made that, even when (or if) we find the ultimate laws that govern our lives and the universe, we might still say, "So what?" Our lives will still be what they are, whatever what "we" are and whatever reason - or lack of it - there is for our existance...Thanks so much for all your brilliant comments...Bob

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      BobbiRant 7 years ago from New York

      Life is a spectator sport, sometimes. Loved this even though, to me, it IS 'rocket science.'

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Wow, this is thoguht provoking. Thank diogenes.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      This is interesting - fun, too!!

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      writeronline 7 years ago

      Hi Bob, I love this kind of stuff. It actually makes your brain work harder even just trying to elucidate your thoughts and reactions in the usual way,(ie; commenting, lol).

      Keeping it on a relatively non-cerebral level, which is compulsory for me, I'm not that intellectual, I think it's interesting to consider that, as with many things 'twixt heaven and earth', that have caused us mortals to contemplate the odd thing larger than our navels, there is an enduring saying that we hear often, and seems to apply, ie; "It's all in the way you look at it."

      As an aside, but almost in context, and not one I'd just dismiss as 'gimmicky', in Japan you can currently buy 'neurowear' in the form of fluffy rabbit ears, that react to the moods expressed by your brainwaves.

      No kidding, check it out;

      There's also a 'more credible' one with a range of people of different ages and mental development stages, probably at a Japan-style science fair;

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      Druid Dude 7 years ago from West Coast

      You ever make a picture and try to broadcast? You may get interesting results, but you have to be free of real purpose...just try to push it out so that as many as possible can see. Don't tell a soul, and verification will come.

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      Sophia Angelique 7 years ago

      Bob, I can move a pendant on a chain with my mind. Yes, I hold it in my hands but my hands do not move. I have done that for many people during the years and I can direct it in circles or make it sway in certain directions. If you ever met me, you would notice what everybody does. I have tremendous life energy. Or as a Chinese doctor once put it, "You have very strong chi. You will live a long time."

      Essentially, a rose by another name. I do not know if it electricity that allows me to move things. But some people have a greater capacity for moving things with their minds. Yes, I have to focus on it. So do others.

      But whether one is able to move something or not depends very much on its size. Everybody can move something as small as an electron - regardless whether the medium is electricity or something else. The human 'energy' that moves it is simply stronger than that of the electron.

      Regardless of how it is moved, it doesn't detract from my comment that just because we can move some small things with our mind, that objective reality is affected. The objective reality remains the same regardless of how we perceive things. And if we move things because our thoughts have enough of a charge to move those small things, then that is the objective reality.

      Bear in mind that currently paraplegics are able to move the cursor on a computer simply by their thoughts. That's because the electrodes pick up the energy and moves it. A lot of products being made for paraplegics are using human 'electricity.'

      And, again, regardless of whether it is some type of life force or not, the same statement holds true. If something is moving because of our thoughts, that means it's moving. That is the objective reality. It does not mean that things that don't move have their reality changed by our thoughts.


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      diogenes 7 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Sophia and Nellianna. You are enjoying yourselves I see! Very good comments on both "sides." One thing I would say, Sophia, is that the pattern of electrons are not changed by "electricity," such as that in our bodies. This is what is flummoxing science. Electron across the world also react similarly. And this is where I must say I do not have the knowledge to lecture on quantum physics and even the boffins are at loss...Bob

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      Sophia Angelique 7 years ago

      Nellieanna, the article is about the objects changing according to the viewers perceptions and/or expectations. It is not about every person interpreting what they see differently. When people are asked if the sun is shining (and it is), then 99% of people will say yes. The other 1% is generally recognized to be in error.

      However, when people are asked to describe the sun, that would be filtered through their powers of observation, creativity, and interlect.

      And none of these viewers change the reality that the sun is shining.

      However, at atomic level, where human electricity is stronger than the electricity of the electrons it is viewing, then the location of the electron can be moved. This is not the perception of someone. This is actual movement.

      Two very different things.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah - Sophia, it's not that we altar reality. It's that the only "reality" we can perceive is that which we can observe and interpret through our own individual senses and filter through our individual experience with life and living. Even IQs & education levels work on information differently, along with an individual's current emotional and health state of being. We literally "see" things differently if we are excited, disappointed, bereaved, or ill.

      Every human being's concepts and perceptions of even the same event or sight are formed that way and differ from every other's. You're right that collectively we all may embrace a similar explanation or picture, but even then, it is filtered individually. People who lead "mass movements" focus on as common and simple terms and experiences as possible for their target groups, in order to lead them to follow what they can collectively accept. But each has a different concept of it which has to fit in with each's own belief system and perception of reality and "common sense". The more complicated, esoteric - even scientific - an idea, the fewer followers will and can relate to it, so it will exist among an elite group, but even there, each person will "see" it according to his/her own perception of what it is, how it affects him/her self and society. Even conversations between siblings raised together have difficulty being exactly perceived among them. Why? -- Simple - each one has different criteria and presumptions to be adjusted, as well as varying expertise with the exact meaning of words.

      There surely is an "objective reality" but individually we can only apprehend it through our subjective means, which adapts what is taken in.

      But it's worked - somehow - up till 2011 from whenever . . . And it's a fascinating "reality" to keep probing, is it not?

      As for moving objects mentally - one hears of impossible feats of human strength in situation of great danger to self or loved ones - moving automobiles off someone's pinned-down body. We have amazing bio-chemical powers - and possibly mental ones yet to be understood.

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      Sophia Angelique 7 years ago

      Just thinking about this some more. Because what humans can move is so small, I don't hold with the view that we all have a different reality because we alter the reality as we look at it. I think what may be true is that if large groups of people all believe the same thing i.e. the end of the world is nigh - we may trigger it!

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      diogenes 7 years ago

      Hi guys: It absolutely amazes me of the high standard of intelligence among my fellow hubbers. I have read all the above comments with great interest. It does seem that science is finally admitting that extra-sensory perception exists, if not quite in the traditional manner. There's a lot more to come on this subject once the world scientific community embraces the findings to date...Bob

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      There is "subjective reality" which is literally the sum total of whatl anyone can perceive with the preceptors with which humans are equipped. Everything perceived is filtered through the senses, experiences, mentality and receptivity of the individual subjective human involved. How it interacts with "objective reality" - - if there is any such reality since we can't know any more of it than our subjectivity allows, any more than we can hear& perceive the tree fall if we're not there to hear it - - may actually have a creative effect on "it", whatever "it" is.

      By the way - I am sometimes amazed to feel it working personally.

      I love your approach to this, Bob! It is fascinating!

      I often wonder how other creatures perceive their "world". Perhaps we're all, as you express it, an extrusion of energy In fact, it makes sense - to this subjective entity.

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      Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

      I like this view on reality and I'm curious to follow the rest of it. I’ve just commented on another hub: All the abilities of the human brain, and being, are not yet discovered. We do see and hear and sense only what we are able too. So it is actually a waste of time and energy to argue about anything, but pleasant to discuss ideas perceived with mutual perception. Can you see and hear me dancing on your buttons?

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      Sophia Angelique 7 years ago

      Hi Bob, I have written about telekinesis and telepathy extensively. Yes, humans can move matter with mind. That was proved pretty much conclusive about a decade a go by three main stream universities (I think Ivy League) over a 12 year time period.

      However, the degree of matter than can be moved by mind is very, very small. It's hardly sufficient to move anything major. In addition, people have different levels of electricity in their body. I have a lot and often demonstrate how to move a pendant with ease. Of course, it has to have a gold or silver chain because the electricity has to conducted. In addition, I have had so many different experiences of telepathy that I have absolutely no doubt of its existence. Rupert Sheldrake write about this type of thing as well.

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      Barbara Bethard 7 years ago from Tucson, Az

      wonderful hub n an age old question!!! way to go! I thoroughly enjoyed this "you create your own destiny" article!

      now, where did I put the winning numbers for the next big lotto? :)

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      Joseph Lane 7 years ago from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

      Brilliant as usual. Keep em coming.

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      Druid Dude 7 years ago from West Coast

      Nice one. You are right that the act of observing does effect the outcome. The exploration of inner space has been largely left to crackpotville or archaic and outdated understanding fostered by the "great" minds of psychiatry. My own experiments have yeilded interesting results, even though my methods are "unconventional".

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      Xavier Nathan 7 years ago from Isle of Man

      You have done a nice job on this topic making it easy to follow and encouraging further investigation. I wrote a hub on this very topic last week called "Quantum Quandary" which you might be interested in checking out to see my take on it. Thank you for a great read once again.

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      Motown2Chitown 7 years ago

      Wow, that'll make a girl think...and what happens when I think? Does everything I think about come into existence somewhere in the world? Are my characters floating around somewhere outside of my stories? Are you really even there until I see you? Neat, neat, neat hub.


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