We would have to get used to the thought that reality is not pure material, but also contains an immaterial “spiritual” component.

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What we really perceive is nothing but that what our senses give us. Everything what we identify in the outer world actually takes place in our “inner world.” Read more:

Today I read the following statement: “That is why it is so difficult for many scientists to grasp information as fundamental: They fight subjectivity which is unacceptable to them, according to which reality only comes into being in the eye of observer. In physics on the other hand only objectivity is valid, and in order to make information objectively measurable one needs an absolute context which always makes everything immediately perceivable for everyone.”

The last previous entries dealt with the Higgs boson and that this year would now bring clarity whether it exists. And in case it does not exist physicists would have to go back to the drawing board. The just mentioned statement now says that in physics only objectivity is valid, and this objectivity would then, when they find out that the Higgs boson does not exist, perhaps have to be thrown overboard and they would perhaps have to get to like subjectivity.

But this belief of physicists in objectivity seems to only exist with the majority of physicists, and this majority could therefore soon be caused to change their mind.

Today I read a four year old article and now bring some quotes from it:

 

Is information a fundamental quantity?

Information is immaterial but many researchers consider it to be a basic quantity of the universe.

The knowledge about quantum states helps with physical experiments and the development of theories about the universe. Our information about the universe grows all the time. That is why some researchers believe Information could move into the centre of all scientific considerations and so determine our future picture of the world.

Information is of course immaterial. Nevertheless it wins importance, for the reasons just mentioned, also as physical basic quantity.

Valid as principle was that the basic quantities of the universe, like energy and just also information, would have to be indestructible.

The loss of information is impossible because it would violate the laws of quantum mechanics.

Also the physicists Ceslav Brukner und Anton Zeilinger of the University Vienna want to explain the world with the help of pure information. As Carl Friedrich von Weizäcker demands, they try to derive quantum theory from information theory and so to put down natural science to the yes-no-statement. “I am firmly convinced that information is the fundamental concept of our world”, explains Zeilinger to the periodical „Spektrum der Wissenschaft“ (Spectrum of Science). “It determines what can be said, but also what can become reality.” We would have to get used to the thought that reality is not pure material, but also contains an immaterial “spiritual” component.

Zeilinger still carries on: In our everyday world reality exists primarily, we move in it like on a stage. Information, which we have about it, is a secondary concept. This applies also to conventional physics. But in quantum physics it is the other way round according to Zeilinger: there information is often the primary concept. However the information inherent in a quantum system is finite. This is not enough to fix the results from all possible measurements. That is why a result of a certain measuring could no longer be predicted with certainty. With it the uncertainty of quantum theory – therefore its chance certainty – can be put down to a fundamental principle.

Ultimately, so Zeilinger, we have to give up the separation between information and reality, both are mingled with one another and act like two sides of a coin. That has consequences for our understanding of the world and our ability of perception: What we really perceive is nothing but that what our senses give us. Everything what we identify in the outer world actually takes place in our “inner world.”

With this the Vienna researcher touches one of the problems of the concept of information as a basic quantity of the cosmos: Everyone interprets the information available to him from his individual experiences and therefore always in another context. That is why it is so difficult for many scientists to grasp information as fundamental: They fight subjectivity which is unacceptable to them, according to which reality only comes into being in the eye of observer. In physics on the other hand only objectivity is valid, and in order to make information objectively measurable one needs an absolute context which always makes everything immediately perceivable for everyone.

 

See also 2012 May 23 (2) – Consciousness forms physical matter.

Anton Zeilinger was mentioned above. His name emerged already several times on this website, last on webpage 2011 Oct 09 – Quantum physics. The reality that does not exist.

Weizsäcker was mentioned on the webpage 2011 Oct 02 – Neutrinos and science.

 

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