A World Created By Our Questions

The physicist Niels Bohr was one of the founders of quantum mechanics.  It’s fascinating to learn that on his death bed, just hours before passing on, he told his friends that the deepest realization he’d ever learned throughout his life was that we are creating this reality by the questions that we ask and by what we choose to think about.

In other words, this world is not a spectator sport.  We’re building our universe as we go along.  You can hear about it in this documentary here.  If you want to just hear the conclusion, jump to time 38 mins.

Albert Einstein couldn’t believe that.  He asked the question, “If a person such as a mouse looks at the universe, does that change the state of the universe?”  Apparently so!

The film ends with some of Bohr’s philosophical remarks, “We must look toward thinkers like Buddha and Lao Tzu, who tried to harmonize our position both as spectators and as actors in the great drama of existence.”

All of this brings even greater importance to a quote from the astrophysicist Carl Sagan.


One thought on “A World Created By Our Questions”

  1. I really like your blog. I have a request. Could you please explain something?

    I have been reading up on Stephen Hawking’s theory of “Imaginary time”. And while I can grasp the concept (kinda), I am failing to see the bigger picture here. What does this establish exactly? What is it’s significance in terms of our idea regarding our universe?

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