I have a question that I can't seem to get a good answer to.
You know how these New Agers believe that "thoughts create reality" and how the Holographic Universe theorists say that there is no objective
reality and that everything is created by the mind, supported by many discoveries in quantum physics? Hippies are also fond of saying "You create
your own reality" too.
Ok well if that's so, then why is it that I can put a blue table in the middle of a room full of people and tell them all that it's a yellow
table, yet they'll all still unanimously see a blue table? Isn't that obvious proof of an objective reality? Or an objective existence of material
objects at least?
They also seem to say that whatever you think, happens, and that whatever happens to you happens as a result of your expectations and thoughts. But
if that's so, then how come we can't fly or walk through walls? How come the Titanic sunk even though everyone "thought" it was unsinkable?
Hippies and New Agers respond to this by saying that our thoughts aren't powerful enough to allow us to fly or walk through walls. But isn't that a
copout, since no one has demonstrated that their thoughts can allow them to fly and walk through walls? And also, if our thoughts aren't that
powerful then why do they talk about it as though all our reality were created by our thoughts? They can't have it both ways.
Also, New Age gurus like Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra, and films like "What the bleep do we know" and "The Secret" make it sound as if thoughts
were ALL POWERFUL and could do anything.
One thing that ticks me is that they never DEFINE the exact limitations or degree of power that "thoughts" have. Dean Radin and psi researchers say
that it's only been proven that thoughts have a microscopic effect on outcomes, such as in PEAR's random number generator experiments, or
Ganzfeld's telepathy experiments.
Ok so they've defined it as miniscule but statistically significant to show a real effect. So if it's miniscule then why do Wayne Dyer and Deepak
Chopra and other New Age gurus claim that thoughts are all powerful and that you create your own reality, as though it were Gospel Truth, as though
thoughts were all powerful and limitless and that if you don't believe this, then you only have yourself to blame?
Are they BSing to sell books? Do they know it? And why is it that only the middle class and above folks tend to believe that their thoughts created
their reality, and not the poor folks? Is it because the rich like to take credit for their status, so the idea that their thoughts created their
reality sounds appealing to them? And the poor are more practical and see it as BS (since if their thoughts really controlled reality then they
wouldn't be poor).
I wrote an essay about this here:
I have read the whole book "The Holographic Universe" by Michael Talbot, and it does contain a lot of great theories, quantum physics discoveries
and examples that are interesting and make sense. But it never answers these questions, such as the blue table example above. And New Agers and
hippies tend to issue cop out answers like "our thoughts aren't powerful enough yet", but if that's so, then how can they be creating our reality?
They can't have it both ways.
What do you think?
There are discoveries in quantum physics, such as Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, that indicate that reality may be an illusion. But if that's
so, then how come everyone can see the blue table in the middle of the room unanimously? If I drive a red sports car, everyone will see the same
thing, regardless of my beliefs or their beliefs. They may like or dislike the red car but they will see the same physical image nevertheless.
So how does the universe being an illusion or a projection of our thoughts explain that?
I can't get a clear answer to this. Can anyone help? Thanks.