Participatory Universe

Published on March 25, 2013 by

“The universe does not exist ‘out there,’ independent of us. We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening. We are not only observers. We are participators. In some strange sense, this is a participatory universe. Physics is no longer satisfied with insights only into particles, fields of force, into geometry, or even into time and space. Today we demand of physics some understanding of existence itself.”

Professor John Wheeler (Einstein’s mate)

“Atoms or elementary particles themselves are not real; they form a world of potentialities or possibilities rather than one of things or facts.”

Professor Werner Heisenberg

“When the province of physical theory was extended to encompass microscopic phenomena through the creation of quantum mechanics, the concept of consciousness came to the fore again. It was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to the consciousness.”

Professor Eugene Wigner

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