This was originally a reply post to another thread, but it got me thinking, so I decided to make my own thread on the thought. Sorry if this is in the
wrong spot. I really don't know much about physics in all honestly, just what I read in books. I lack the mathematical skills to actually try to
understand physics from that standpoint. So this was just a musing I had last night. I was wondering if anyone who studies physics might be able to
tell me that this could possibly make sense, or tell me why it can't make sense, so I don't spend anymore time thinking about something that makes no
But try to keep it in terms I can understand please, like for the physics-challenged here. Anyway, here it is.
Okay, this is just a thought that came to me at about midnight last night, while I was rereading some chapters of Stephen Hawking's book, The Grand
Design, because I could not fall asleep. So I was rereading chapter 4, "Alternative Histories," and if anyone has read this book/chapter then you'll
know what I'm getting at. I'm not schooled in physics in any way, shape, or form, I actually failed it in high school...but I love to read theoretical
physics on my free time now. It was the only subject that kicked my butt in school, so now I try really hard to grasp it, which usually entails
rereading a book about 5 times (okay, maybe 10 times).
So my crazy thought, what IF our subconscious and conscious function based on separate "laws of nature" or that our subconscious lies on a different
plane from our consciousness? Like classical mechanics vs. quantum mechanics...
This came to me when reading about buckyballs (pictured below) in quantum physics.
Buckyballs to our relative perspective, seen with our eye, appear to simply travel from point A to point B in a straight line, but when doing
expirements on this, the buckyballs did not end up in the "expected" spots for a particle that was traveling in a straight, defined line. In the
buckyball's reality, the buckyball is taking every possible path to get from point A to point B simultaneously, though it appears to our eye to just
go from A to B (Hawking has a great diagram explaining this in terms of soccer balls in his book, but I couldn't locate the illustrations online).
This picture shows how, to us, the buckyball appears to move as in figure A, but really it is moving as in figure B in this picture.
Well, what if what composites our subconscious behaves like buckyballs, traveling every possible path before arriving at point B? What then, if
precognition or déjà vu is just our conscious-being catching a glimpse of a possible traveled path by our subconscious? So maybe déjà vu is our
conscious recalling of a path already traveled by our subconscious...
Or, maybe it is related to waves as discussed in chapter 3 of the same book, and the examples of puddle interference and Newton's rings. Maybe déjà
vu is caused by an interference wave from our subconscious meeting with our conscious, and thus producing the feeling that we had already been there,
because technically then, our subconscious would have actually "been" there before.
If true, this would mean that our subconscious knows every possible future and past, where as our consciousness only seems to follow a straight
"line". So, maybe déjà vu is created when our subconscious reality interferes with our conscious reality by some means.
Just a thought, I get lots of weird ones when I'm trying to fall asleep.
"The universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose."
edit on 12/1/2010 by SpaceJ because: (no reason given)