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)

Figure 6.1 A virtual reality emerges as quantum reality observes itself

Quantum realism is the theory that only quantum reality exists and it creates the physical universe as a virtual reality by interacting with itself (Figure 6.1). While previous chapters explained what we observe in quantum terms, this chapter addresses the conscious observer. Consciousness is a mystery because nothing in the physical universe explains why we observe and experience it. No law of physics requires a rock to observe anything at all in its interactions but we do. Smartphones and driverless cars make complex choices without an “I” experience, so why don’t we? The mystery of consciousness is that a purely physical universe doesn’t imply or even allow the observer experience we all report having.

QR6.1 What Is Consciousness?

QR6.2 Evolving A Brain

QR6.3 Evolving Consciousness

QR6.4 Discussion Questions

QR6.5 References