Here’s an interesting thought to ponder. Ever notice how when you hold direct eye contact with someone for too long you tend to get uncomfortable and have to look away, even if it’s just to break that contact and take a brief glance elsewhere? Why is that? It’s almost like a barrier in our unconscious minds (two very important words to remember) prevents us from holding that gaze, much like our instinctive fear of the dark, falling, reptiles, or accidentally coming across a homemade porn video made by our parents. There is something ingrained in our psyche that says “Whoa, relax with the eye contact for a sec or shit you can’t possibly understand, or handle, will happen”. I’ve wondered about why this is so for quite some time now. And now I have a theory.
We Are All Connected
First, lets get into a bit of quantum physics. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “we are all connected” and blew it off as some new age hippie garbage. But, in a very real sense it’s true. DNA has revealed that all life forms use the same mechanism for cell division and that all seven billion of us are equally connected to each other. RNA and DNA have been found all over space and is probably where life on Earth actually came from. We are all part of the universe. We may all share a universal “consciousness” and not even know it. I’m not a religious man, but this basically supports Genesis 1:27; “And God made man in his image, in the image of God he made him: male and female he made them.” We have consciousness and “God” IS consciousness; the universal, pre-existing consciousness that has always been and always will and works in the background to “observe” and keep “reality” moving. And we are part of it.
Think of it like pixels on a TV screen. Each individual pixel has it’s own coordinates on the screen, but EVERY PIXEL on that screen works in unison to create a BIGGER PICTURE.
The Observer Effect and Multiverses
There’s a ton of theories floating around quantum physics right now, some of the more notable ones being the “Observer Effect” (see the link “observe” above) and “Multiverse Theory”. The Observer Effect indicates that reality exists because we observe it. Nothing actually exists until someone or something observes it. The Observer Effect has been conducted successfully in laboratories and is demonstrated in one of the most famous mental exercises called “Schrödinger Cat“.
Physicist Erwin Schrödinger developed this little mental exercise in 1935. Basically, you stick a cat in a box and then put a vial of poison in there with it, along with a tiny bit of some radioactive substance and a Geiger counter. Attach a hammer to the Geiger counter and then seal that box up and leave it for an hour. If the Geiger counter detects that the radioactive substance is starting to decay, it triggers the hammer to smash the vial of poison, thus killing the cat. If it doesn’t, well then the cat still has all 9 lives intact. But how do you know if the cat is alive or dead? You don’t until you open that box and observe it. To further fuck with you, The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that while that cat is in the box, it is simultaneously alive and dead. It’s not until you open the box and observe it that you can determine which state the cat is in. This leads to Multiverse Theory.
Without getting too far into the mind fuck that is Multiverse Theory, it basically states that there are an infinite number of universes that overlap each other and, therefore, there are an infinite number of “you’s”. If there are an infinite number of “you’s” and “everyone else’s” then that means there is an infinite amount of consciousness floating around in infinite universes. The choices you make determine where you end up in the universe. Every time you make a decision about something, it is possible that you could have gone the other way, and according to quantum mechanics, you did go the other way, only in an alternative reality. Thus, every choice is a probable reality and becomes so, splitting our very existence up into an infinite number of realities.
Multiverse theory supports Quantum Superposition, another fundamental principle of quantum mechanics demonstrated by Schrodinger’s Cat. Quantum Superposition states that if it is possible for a physical system to be in some particular configuration, and if it is simultaneously possible for the system to be in a different configuration or configurations, (if is is possible that the cat is alive in that box and it is possible that the cat is dead in the box, or even mutilated in some fashion) then the system is in an indeterminate state that, when measured, gives results consistent with having been partly in each of the possible configurations (the state that the cat is in is not determined until you open that box and look at it, or measure it). Multiverse then goes further and says, when you open that box, at the quantum level, a new universe is created. In one, the cat is alive, in another the cat is dead.
To sum it all up: Nothing exists until we observe or measure it, and once we do, it exists in an infinite number of states in an infinite number of universes.
A black hole is a region of spacetime from which almost nothing (more on this in a few), not even light, can escape. The theory of general relativity indicates that a sufficiently compact mass will deform spacetime to form a black hole, i.e. when heavy stars collapse at the end of their life cycle. One of the defining characteristics of black holes is their event horizon. The event horizon is the point of no return for both matter and light. Once they pass that boundary they can only go inward towards the mass of the black hole, never to escape. The event horizon is called the event horizon because if an event occurs within the boundary, information from that event cannot reach an outside observer, making it impossible to determine if the event occurred at all. So, in a way, the event horizon is like the Vegas of the universe.
Your Eye and Consciousness
Now, go to a mirror and take a look at your eye. Notice anything? Look at your pupil. It’s essentially a black circular HOLE. That black hole takes in light from your environment, which enables you to see. Light is taken in by your eye and sent to your brain, (which, by the way, if you’ve ever seen a 3D map of the observable universe, it conveniently looks like a neural network, or in other words a brain) which translates that light into images. Light can’t escape your eye, so in a sense it’s a tiny black hole. Kind of spooky. You’ve got two little black holes floating around on your head.
So here’s where it get’s interesting. Here’s where everything sort of ties in together. Consciousness, oneness, observation, black holes, and reality. Try this experiment:
1. Find someone you are comfortable with. It can be anyone. A spouse, a sibling, a son or daugher, a friend, whoever.
2. Sit down directly in front of each other and make eye contact directly in each others right eye. Make sure you are both looking directly in each others right eye. This is essential.
3. After about a minute to a minute and a half or so you may start to feel uncomfortable and get that urge to look away for a second. That innate “fear” will kick in. You have to overcome this and maintain that eye contact. Try not to blink at all, and if you have to, try to keep it at a single blink. This is essential.
4. The result should only take about 3 minutes. And what happens I can’t describe to you here. It must be observed by you. You have to experience it to understand… But I will say you will understand what is meant by the phrase “we are all connected”.
Now, here’s what I mean by almost nothing can escape a black hole and if you are successful in the experiment you’ll most certainly understand. I believe there is one thing that can escape a black hole. Consciousness. That all powerful universal state of being. The thing that makes you who you are and me who I am and the universe(s) what it (they) are. Try the experiment above and feel free to post your results in the comments.
I found two VERY interesting articles online today here and here and my eyes are just now uncrossing themselves. They involve Time Cloaking and Illusion Cloaking, respectively. Yes, you read that right. They are now able to cloak time AND make one object look like another.
Let’s touch on the first article for a moment. Basically, the first article is talking about TIME CLOAKING. Yes, the ability to make a (very) brief moment in time appear as though it never even happened. Essentially, in electromagnetic theory there is a duality between space and time:
“In particular, the diffraction of a beam of light in space is mathematically equivalent to the temporal propagation of light through a dispersive medium. In other words, diffraction and dispersion are symmetric in spacetime.”
So, in essence, if you can make a lense that focuses light via diffraction, you can use dispersion to make a lens that focuses TIME. And that, my friends, is mind fucking. What they are doing is using an electro-optic modulator to create a time lens. They use two “time lenses” in series and shine a beam of light that has no idea what the hell is about to happen through them. The first lens compresses the light while the second lens decompresses it. This in effect creates a literal “hole in time”. Anything that occurs in that “hole” is unrecorded in time itself, thereby “cloaking” time. It’s done in such a fashion that to the observer, the light coming out of the second lens is undistorted and their is no idication that anything happened.
The period in which time is cloaked is extremely brief, lasting only nanoseconds; however, given the exponential rate at which science and technology progress today, in a few years people will probably be cloaking time all over the damn place. Mark my words, banks will be robbed in this manner at some point in the future.
Now, on to the second article. This one is about illusion cloaks. An illusion cloak pretty much makes one object look like another. Here’s how:
Take an invisibilty cloak. An invisibility cloak works by bending light around a particular bit of space thereby making any object inside that space effectivly invisible. Everything that you can see in the world looks the way it does because of the way light reflects off of it. In essence, light gives things their shape and color. If there is no light reflecting off of a particular thing or surface, if the light is bending around the object, you can’t see it. This is all accomplished with what are called metamaterials. These newly created metamerials are artificially engineered to have properties not found in nature and can basically bend light in anyway imagineable.
These same metamaterials can be used to make one object in a space look like another. From the article:
“The trick is to create a material in which the permittivity and permeability are complementary to the values in a nearby region of space containing the mouse we want to hide. ‘Complementary’ means that the material cancels out the effect that the mouse has on a plane lightwave passing through. So a plane wave would be bent by the mouse but then bent back into a plane as it passes through the complementary material, making the mouse disappear.
The second step is to then distort this plane wave in the way that an elephant would. This means creating transformational material that distorts a plane lightwave in the same way as an elephant. So anybody looking at this mouse would instead see an elephant.”
Making… a mouse… look like an… elephant. And then there’s this:
“The researchers have even found a mind-boggling application. Their idea is to create the illusion that a wall has a hole in it, and then use the hole to look through the wall.”
Ok, so now basically they are creating one of these. Every episode of Loony Tunes where Wile E. Coyote tries to use an hole in a bottle courtesy of Acme to try and catch the Road Runner is now becoming a reality. Or Portal. With Artificial Intelligence and machine self-awareness now looking like a reality, I’m sure GlaDOS is right around the corner and instead of playing laser tag, you’ll be able to play a real life game of Portal.
All of this is very, VERY cool. Now all we have to do is sit back and wait for Chris Nolan to devise a movie where an insanely crazy, albeit successful, heist is conducted by some expert team (more than likely consisting of a reunited cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy in some respect) using illusion cloaking in conjunction with time cloaking, time travel/teleportation (because this whole invisiblity thing and time travel/teleportation go hand in hand a la the Philadelphia Experiment) and portal guns. They are hired by a powerful corporation to steal a rare alien substance from a remote, classified, extremely highly guarded government laboratory that can transmute living elements.
In this heist a plain old invisibility cloak won’t work. No. This particular lab has thermal imaging cameras, so even if you are invisible they could still see you. Of course, there would be a point where they were discovered and mayhem ensues. What you don’t know is that before hand, they traveled forward in time, saw themselves get caught (but not far enough forward in time to see themselves escape, so they don’t know if they get away or not) and created carefully created portals on ceilings and floors with their portal guns so that when they were being chased, pursuing guards and scientists would fall through the hole in the floor and then end up coming out of the whole in the ceiling BACK THROUGH THE HOLE ON THE FLOOR, thus falling in an infinitely loop. But in a typical Nolan mind fuck twist, the wasn’t the future for the dimension that they were currently in. When they went forward in time it was in a PARALLEL DIMENSION and the whole process caused that dimension to “overlap” ours. So when they try to steal the substance, their “future” selves have already taken it and set a trap that kills them to cover up the evidence. See, you didn’t know that the overlap occured, thereby making the “future” team aware that the “past” team had seen them conducting the heist. This is all ENTIRELY plausible.