The Nature of Consciousness

Piero Scaruffi

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These are excerpts and elaborations from my book "The Nature of Consciousness"

Ripples in Spacetime

In 2005 the Italian mathematician Piero Scaruffi proposed an approach to reconciling Quantum Theory and Relativity Theory that is consistent with Linde’s chaotic inflationary theory. Relativity prescribes a spacetime continuum, whereas Quantum Theory prescribes a discrete world. If one views Quantum Theory as a special case of Relativity Theory, this might make sense.

Quantum Theory cannot explain why nature only likes some discrete values.

Relativity Theory is apparently stating some grander and somewhat more absolute truth about the universe; basically, about the dimensions of existence. Quantum Theory is apparently telling us something about the human world of objects and measurements; basically, about the world of "sizes".

One way to visualize these ideas is to think of relativistic spacetime as an ocean, and of quantum values as the ripples caused by an object moving through spacetime. The ocean is a continuum, but the ripples are discrete. Both the ocean and the ripples are real, and one can construct a theory to describe the ocean and a different theory to describe the ripples. Then Relativity is the theory about the ocean, and Quantum Theory is the theory about the ripples.

Quantum Theory, basically, describes the ripples in spacetime (or at least in the region of spacetime inhabited by human observers) caused by energy-matter in motion. Einstein's equations describe how spacetime warps because of matter. Schroedinger's equations describe the ripples caused by such matter.

If this is correct, Relativity's space and time are different from Quantum Theory's space and time. We use the same name for two different things: Relativity's space is a dimension, an underlying framework, whereas Quantum Theory's space is about the "size" of an object. Spacetime is the continuum that energy-matter interacts with. Quantum values are the results of measuring the ripples caused by that interaction. The reason that the ripples are discrete and not a continuum is exactly the same as for ripples that form on a surface. Any attribute of an object over the ripples admits only some values, because it exists and is measured only over the ripples.

Scaruffi believes that the probabilistic nature of Quantum Theory emerges because of the translation from "ocean" to "ripples". Ditto for the attributes (charge, spin, etc). They are all manifestations of the ripples.

General relativity is about the dynamics of the universe: it describes an eternal dance between the distribution of masses and the geometry of spacetime, the former determining the latter and the latter determining the motion of the former. Indirectly, Einstein's equations can be interpreted as the relationship (or the connection" of everything to everything else. As connections change, other connections change. Each connection gets adjusted so as to preserve some global feature of the universe. Basically, the universe behaves like a giant brain.

The quantization of spacetime is a superficial consequence of the "connection of everything to everything else", as this is equivalent to constructing a landscape of attractors.


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