For some years I’ve been fascinated by, and reading about, time. Which pretty quickly gets you into the realm of quantum theory. Recently I’ve come across some wonderful books suitable for folks like me that needed “assistance” getting through college algebra.
Quantum Enigma is co-authored by Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner, who teach physics at the University of California at Santa Cruz. If you suspect that things are not as they seem, I highly recommend this book.
I bring this up in an effort to understand —and explain— how my last post here was on Christmas Eve, almost 3 days ago, and yet no perceived time has “passed” for me.
UPDATE: The above was first posted on 12/27/09. I have since finished this book. It was a challenging read and much more about physics than consciousness. Unless otherwise indicated, the quotes below can be attributed to the authors, Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner.
“In the beginning there were only probabilities. The universe could only come into existence if someone observed it. It does not matter that the observers turned up several billion years later. The universe exists because we are aware of it. – Martin Rees
“Space almost instantly expanded, or “inflated,” at a rate much faster than the speed of light. Starting from something vastly smaller than an atom, the entire universe we observe today presumably inflated almost instantaneously to the size of a large grapefruit.”
“The chance that a livable universe like ours would be created is far less than the chance of randomly picking a particular single atom out of all the atoms in the universe.”
“Consider how improbably you are — the improbability of someone with just your unique DNA being conceived. (Millions of your possible siblings were not conceived. And now go back a few generation.) With those odds, you’re essentially impossible.”
“It is hard to imagine something truly astonishing that we don’t initially rule out as preposterous.”