Thursday, February 10, 2011

Die Hard

Back at the top of that bulwark of metaphysical celebrity pseudoscience known as the HuffPo Living section today: Dr. Bob Lanza.

Stop me if you've heard this one before.

The Huffington Post: "Why You Will Always Exist: Time Is 'On Demand'" by Dr. Robert Lanza/2.10.11

You've got to give him credit, he's really committed himself to becoming a virtuoso at this one particular subject -- although it would be kind of nice if he'd get some new material already.


DXM: Gone of the Dead/3.24.10

DXM: Headline of the Week: "Does Death Exist? New Theory Says No"/12.10.09


Izar Talon said...

This kind of quackery has been going on for a long time. In fact, it was bad that in '96 physicist Alan Sokal wrote a nonsense paper about the subjectivity of reality and submitted it to a science journal to demonstrate that journals will, without peer review, "publish an article liberally salted with nonsense if it (a) sounded good and (b) flattered the editors' ideological preconceptions."

See the Sokal Affair:

The thing this guy wrote about earlier, Quantum Immortality, wasn't any kind of "new idea." Maybe it was new TO HIM, but it had been around for quite a while before he wrote anything about it, and even I was familiar with it before that.

This guy is just an idiot. Richard Feynman and Carl Saga are probably rolling over in their graves. This idea of "Biocentrism" is nothing more than the Anthropic Principle rearing it's ugly head in a new suit. Humanity is not something special to the universe. The apparent fact that quantum possibilities only collapse into actual reality when observed DOES NOT mean that absolute reality REQUIRES human consciousness to exist, it only means that TO OUR OBSERVATION it appears that way. The apparent necessity of human observation to solidify possibility into realty is just an artifact of how our consciousness interprets reality.

Schrodinger's Cat was a thought experiment to point out the flaws and absurdities in quantum mechanics. It wasn't a statement of fact.

In other words: Human consciousness IS NOT required for reality to exist!

This is the conclusion that people like this would have us reach. That before humans existed to observe the universe, the universe didn't exist. It was just a collection of quantum waveform possibilities, which were just hanging around waiting for a consciousness to exists to collapse them into a solid reality.

Honestly, this kind of stuff fascinates me. It IS really fun to wonder "What if?" it WAS really true, and that without a consciousness, all of the universe was just an abstract series of possibilities that hung floating in a state semi-reality. But this ultimately leads to the necessity of an eternal consciousness that existed throughout the entire history of the universe to observe it and collapse it into reality instead of quantum waveforms, and that leads to a God as universal observer.

While it is fascinating, I don't think that these scientists see where there lines of reasoning are taking them. Nor do their usually extremely Leftist followers, who would probably be very upset as most of them are rabid atheists and would be very upset if they stopped and realized that their favorite scientists theories lead to an argument for some kind of God.

This actually doesn't bother me, as I could accept this as what God actually is, a kind of universal observer, a consciousness that exists simply to collapse the possibility of existence into reality. That's pretty neat to me. What I have a problem with is the idea that the universe existed as merely a set of possibilities until humanity existed to observe it.

That's a paradox, as a mere possibility cannot bring forth an actual reality, when that reality is required for the possibility to become reality.

I probably didn't explain that very well.

I majored in Philosophy in college, can you tell? :P

This is what I live for. The far end of science, this mad-scientist realm where science, philosophy, and religion become blurred and blend into each other. I just LOVE it. Comic book science as reality, fantasy novel-style creation myths as actual physics!

Izar Talon said...

Oops, I meant to say: "This kind of quackery has been going on for a long time. In fact, it was SO bad that... )

Kinda helps when I write the right words...

FatSunRival said...

Is he a hack or is he a Tralfamadorian?