reply to post by Xtinguish
Firstly, well done on your first thread! Its a subject I have thought about and debated about many times.
Secondly, I see alot of knowledge but also alot of confusion in this thread so I'll add my thoughts and understanding.
With regards to our senses; any one of our senses is our brain's interpretation of an electrical signal created as a result of exposure to an
As an example there are many different frequencies of light, when we respond by seeing that light it is then converted by our eyes into an electrical
signal which is then interpreted as an image by our brains.
Perception - Everyone has slightly different perceptions, thats the reason why (medical issues aside) two different people can view a colour and both
have a different opinion about it.
Whatever particular wavelenght of light that colour is it will remain fixed, however an indivduals perception of it can differ.
This can be said about perception regarding any of our senses, a particular sound or smell maybe how the surface of an object feels etc
It can all seem different due to perception.
Quantum Mechanics - This has been pretty well described on here so far.
They do state that we do not actually hold an object, the forces interacting between our bodies and the object do not allow it. This is pretty mind
bending when you think about it, what the hell are we holding then?
And don't forgot its the perception of this force that gives us our sense of touch.
Pretty strange to think I've never touched a girl in my life, at least on a atomical level anyway!
From what I remember Quantum Mechanics stipulates that there is always the possibility of two states, this ties into the ancient theory of Yin/Yang
i.e. Hot/Cold, Good/Bad, Male/Female etc...
I can't recall what factor controls which of the state you experience.
However, I do recall something along the lines of all objects are hollow on an atomic level i.e. They are composed of very little, the theory was its
possible in quantum terms to put your hand straight through a table.
I maybe slightly wrong with that bad, apologies - like I said sketchy memory.
Finally, Quantum Mechanics says you could have a sturdy table made out of cotton if you believed it strongly enough.
Watch the film "What the Bleep Do We Know?" - It's all about Quantum Mechanics and other associated topics, very interesting. Some of it has been
dismissed as pseudo-science by critics but its still worth watching and you can formulate your own opinion.
According to the film we can actually construct our own reality through positive thought which modifies the current quantum state you are in.
If there can only be two states (as per Yin/Yang) and it was possible to influence which state you experienced by strong belief then it would be
possible to have a sturdy table made out of cotton.
The cotton or timber can only have two states - Hard/Soft.
That seemingly backs up the theory!
Like I said guys if anything in there is wrong then feel free to correct me, its been a while since I read about all of this but after seeing this
thread I think I'll jog my memory!
Edit to add: Cheers DarrylGalasso, I didn't see your post before I posted mine. You did a good job of explaining everything and mentioned What the
Bleep as I did.
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