Chapter 6

Quantum Realism Part II. The Observer Reality


Brian Whitworth, New Zealand

I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.   Max Planck (Sullivan, 1931)

In quantum realism, the world is an observer-observed reality created by a quantum reality. Part I applied quantum realism to the observed reality and Part II applies it to the observer reality. The mystery of consciousness isn’t that we have complex brains that improve survival but that we consciously observe the world. No law of physics requires a rock to experience anything at all when it interacts with other things. Smartphones and driverless cars make complex choices without experiencing anything so why do we? The mystery of consciousness is that the observer experience doesn’t seem necessary at all.

QR6.1 What Is Consciousness?

QR6.2 Evolving A Brain

QR6.3 Evolving Consciousness

QR6.4 Discussion Questions

QR6.5 References