QR1.6.4 A Query of Everything

Science has long opposed our human tendency to make ourselves the center of things, hencee:

Since our earliest ancestors admired the stars, our human egos have suffered a series of blows.” (Tegmark, 2007)

For example, we thought we were at the center of the universe because we saw the sun move around the earth. Being at the center of things made us feel good, so the question “Where are we?” wasn’t asked because we already knew the answer. We were obviously at the center, so when Galileo and Copernicus challenged geocentrism, they also denied the egoism that everything revolves around us. Science now tells us that we live on a little planet circling a medium star, in a galaxy of a hundred billion stars, in a universe of at least that many galaxies. Mankind is like a colony of bacteria dominating a leaf of a tree in a vast forest, but this ego blow was the price we had to pay for new knowledge in astronomy.

We also thought we weren’t animals because they seemed below us. Being above animals again made us feel good, so the question “When did we arise?” wasn’t asked either, as we thought we knew. We were obviously the pinnacle of life, so when Darwin challenged creationism, he also denied the egoism that we were the center of biology. Science now tells us that we evolved from animals about a million years ago. Dinosaurs ruled the earth for two-hundred million years before a meteor wiped them out, and as 99.9% of all species that have ever lived are now extinct, so we probably won’t last that long. Mankind is just another species, and bacteria, insects, and plants all exceed us in biomass, but this ego blow was the price we had to pay for new knowledge in biology.

Today, we think we control our bodies because we seem to decide what they do. Being in charge makes us feel good, so the question “Who are we?” isn’t asked because again we think we know. We are obviously the center of the brain, so when science challenges the dualism that the mind controls the brain, it also denies the egoism that we have a central self. Science now tells us that the brain has no control center equivalent to the central processing unit of a computer. The highest part of the brain is two hemispheres, and if they are surgically disconnected, each acts like a brain in itself, taking itself to be “I” (Sperry & Gazzaniga, 1967), but the ego blow that we aren’t the center of our  brain is the price we had to pay for new knowledge in neurology.

The trend is clear: our egos repeatedly put us at the center of things and science repeatedly finds that we aren’t. We aren’t the center of the universe, or of life, or even of our own brain, but old habits die hard, so we think that reality central is what we see, because we see it so. Being the observer of reality makes us feel good, so the question “What are we?” again doesn’t arise. We are obviously a body made of matter, like everything around us, so when quantum realism challenges materialism, it also denies the egoism that we already know everything. It is ironic that scientists question religious dogmas but don’t question the dogma that matter is everything. Instead of thinking a book has all the answers, they think that matter does. The delusion of scientific omniscience, that science already knows everything, or is about to but for some loose ends (Sheldrake, 2012). It leads to the myth of a Theory of Everything (TOE), an equation that defines the future and ends science.

Science now tells us that materialism is false because matter isn’t eternal, all-pervading, all-powerful, or self-existing. The simplest answer to all this is that quantum theory is true, so quantum events cause physical events, but again the ego blow that we don’t know everything is the price we must pay for new knowledge, so quantum realism is a query of everything (QOE), not a theory of everything (TOE). Table 1.1 (See Next) argues that there is nothing illogical or unscientific about quantum reality generating physical reality. It may shock the ego but it fits the facts. The following chapters reverse engineer physics to discover what generates matter, energy, space and time, beginning with the latter.

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