Consciousness has been The Black Hole of Physics

Since Einstein’s famous mind experiments made it possible to think in ways we could never even imagine before, we have learned that Time is Relative to an Observer.

Einstein pictured the Observer riding on a photon of light, and imagined what the Observer would “see” if it were possible to see without the interaction of photons and the eye (which interactions could not occur if one’s eyes were smaller than photons). This mind stretching exercise of imagination led him to make predictions that Quantum Mechanics (QM) has now proven to be accurate many, many times. Time does indeed move more slowly as the Observer approaches the speed of light.

The Observer then began to appear more and more frequently on the stage of physics. However no one dared to focus on the Observer; the Observer functioned as a convenient construct within theory but physicists stayed away from trying to say what the Observer is.

Heisenberg used the Observer to prove that an Observer cannot measure both the vector and position of an electron, but can choose which one to measure and in the process the measurement itself will alter the other value.

The Observer, of course, is consciousness — the experiencer, that which experiences — what is at the core of each of us, our innermost Self.

The ‘black hole” reference in the title refers simply to the way that physics has used the Observer without trying to look inside it.

Bell’s Theorem and the many experiments generated to prove or disprove that theorem, have established that either some things can travel faster than light, or that distance/space itself is an illusion and the entire universe exists within a single point, where everything is connected to everything else.

That the universe exists within a singular point is consistent with the Theory of The Conscious Universe (TTOTCU) which posits that the Original Experiencer is all that exists, and that the rest of the Universe is a creation of that Experiencer, all existing within Consciousness, the substrate of the Universe. Consciousness does not occupy space nor require the existence of space. In TTOTCU, space is an illusion created within Consciousness.

The Original Experiencer, like a computer server, is able to create from Itself networked computers (each of us) with whom the Original Experiencer is in various forms of communication. We are like sensors feeding back our experiences, and the Original Experiencer with its infinite computing power is able to combine and simultaneously experience all of that at once.

An elite team of physicists has recently received a grant to study the differences between our collective subjective experience of reality and the findings of Quantum Mechanics and Relativity. The vision is to be able to combine new insights with QM to explain why we perceive the universe the way we do. The team refers to the Einstein term “block time” — time as a single block not as a running river — as one of the specific things they hope to explain: how is it that time is apparently an illusion (according to certain interpretations of QM and Relativity Theory) and yet we all experience it as reality? Perhaps the team will combine physics with new insights from neuroscience.

TTOTCU explains that, to the Original Observer*, everything is happening at once in a single instant of time, as a result of the processing power inherent in the Original Observer. To created fictional beings (us) our processing power is so much smaller that we must break down the allness into a sequence — over time — in order to take it all in.

To the Original Observer, it is still the first instant of Time — and will always be.

The creation of “cell selves” provides an infinite variety of experience and creativity to the Original Observer. Perpetual newness rather than sameness. Cell selves at our level have free will and no direct cognizance of sharing the Original Identity. This creates drama. What would you do if you were in the position of the Original Observer — just veg out for eternity?

In other words, it is simple and elegant (Occam’s Razor) to explain everything in the Universe if we take the substrate of Universe to be an Original Observer — our subjective experience, the findings of QM and Relativity, and a lot more. Einstein’s “block time” is just one example of how the picture falls into place — explaining why we subjectively experience time as a series of events while at the same time scientific experimentation tells us that these events do not objectively exist in this temporal relationship.

The principle of “parsimony” (explanations based on the fewest axioms) is a hallmark of science and is often used as a guidepost to identify theories that are more likely to be the actual explanations of reality. Perhaps this lends additional credence to TTOTCU and justifies its consideration and further investigation of the experimental pathways to proving or disproving our theory.

Questions we will tackle in upcoming postings:

“How does the Original Observer create the rest of the Universe?”

“Where did the Original Observer come from?”

“What is the relevancy to action decisions if TTOTCU is correct?”

And many more.

Best to all,


*”Original Observer” and “Original Experiencer” are used interchangeably here.


2 thoughts on “Consciousness has been The Black Hole of Physics

  1. Chuck young

    Our perception of time can be linked to something as trivial as television commercials. In our copytesting work we find that a viewers’ sense of subjective time is tied to the rate at which they find meaningful information in the video experience. If we think of the mind of the viewer–the observer– as a search engine, we have determined that the rate at which the viewer finds meaning in an ad to be about every 7 seconds or four moments in the average :30 second ad. But commercials that are above average in attention getting power generate more peak moments of meaning, and the rate at which these moments occur is highly correlated with the sense that the commercial is “going faster” or “moving slowly.” (This sense of internal time is also accelerated or decellerated by positive and negative emotions.”. We’ve all experienced this elastic, cinematic time when we’ve watched movies.

    Extrapolating this to the external world we also find that time seems to fly by when we are engaged with meanungful activity–and even the sense of timelessness associated with the flow state when we merge with the meaning of the actvity we are doing

    Extrapolating this to the devine, God, for whom all things are meaningful must experience time at infinite speed–which is a way of saying he is outside time. Hence, the quest for meaning in our lives– which we approach occasionally in the flow state–is an attempt to vanquish the illusion of time.

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