According to recent reports, scientists from Canada are currently working on an experiment that may help them to figure out if the human consciousness operates outside of the current laws of physics. This is exciting because it touches down on previous ideas explored in previous posts.
Canadian Physicist Lucien Hardy, from the Perimeter Institute, is conducting an experiment that is exploring Einstein’s ‘spooky action at a distance,’ or what is commonly known as entanglement in quantum mechanics. Simply put, entanglement suggests that entangled particles affect one another regardless of their distance from one another. Entanglement presents a complication within the current parameters of quantum physics because it suggests that a deeper, unknown theory lies within those parameters. Physicists have been trying to figure out what that theory may be without success. If you have read previous articles posted at Freethinker Nation, you will note that one of our authors has a similar train of thought.
Exploring Consciousness as a State of Matter
As for entanglement, physicist John Bell developed a test to try and determine if particles really influence one another after contact in 1964. For this test, Bell took two entangled particles and sent them to different locations (A and B) He then placed a device to measure the state of the particles in each location. The measurement settings were set at random so that it was impossible for A to know what the settings were for B and vice versa at the time of measurement. Bell’s theorem was at least proven real.
Some decades later, Lucien Hardy suggests that the measurements between A and B can be controlled by something outside of the current laws of physics: the human mind. The experiment will use the human mind to control the settings on each of the measuring devices in the hopes that signals from the brain can cause changes to the settings before they arrive at their destination. Hardy believes that if the amount of correlation between the measurements varies from previous Bell tests, spooky action can be proven.
His line of thinking follows along a similar mindset as one of our authors, who suggests that in order to better understand entanglement, one can look at the speed that information travels from the brain to the sensory system to explain the communication links between entangled particles. The Freethinker Authors goes on to say that,
“Having learned how fast the brain calculates information needed to form perception, it would be a good idea to view how the brain creates the perception after the information is processed [Hardy’s experiment wants to use the human mind to control the settings in the measuring devices using Bell’s idea]. This very topic was covered by Walter J. Freeman (Professor of Neurobiology, University of California, Berkeley) and his colleagues in a paper “The Physiology of Perception.””
The author then states that she wanted to conduct an experiment to see how/if the particles’ behavior changed when the human’s perception did when entanglement is present. The implication being that the human mind or consciousness can affect how particles behave when entangled. In another article (Exploring Consciousness as the State of Matter), the same author responds to Max Tegmark’s view of consciousness as a mathematical problem, a theory he believes may be proof of a new state of matter. Tegmark refers to this new state of matter as perceptronium. Perceptronium, according to Tegmark is a defined as the most general substance that feels subjectively self-aware. The freethinker Nation author rationalizes that there may be a simpler explanation to Tegmark’s idea of a new state of matter. She explains herself while examining philosophical metaphysical dualism and quantum mechanics.
The freethinker authors state: “Thanks to quantum mechanics and quantum physics, scientists can now study humanity beyond the constraints of human perception. We can now observe that the human body is comprised of quarks and electrons, which so far, are observed to obey the current physical laws. If this remains true, your ‘soul’ does not affect your particles, making its ability to control your actions nonexistent. However, if these particles are found to disobey the physical laws, it would suggest that your soul does affect the particles, meaning that the soul would be infinitely proven to potentially be a force of nature in itself or an aspect of physicalism.”
When you look at Hardy’s current experiment, he clearly follows a train of thought that is similar to Freethinker’s author’s views. This is evident through our author’s compilation of articles touching on the same subject matter, as well as many of her unpublished ideas. Should Hardy’s experiment (which is also similar to what Freethinker’s author’s proposed experiment) proves to have merit, it appears as if Freethinker Nation’s amateurs are on to something. Both Hardy and our author believe that it is possible for current quantum theory to suggest that A and B may operate outside of the current laws of physics. As Hardy states when speaking to New Scientist:
“[If] you only saw a violation of quantum theory when you had systems that might be regarded as conscious, humans or other animals, that would certainly be exciting. I can’t imagine a more striking experimental result in physics than that,” Hardy said. “We’d want to debate as to what that meant.”
What it could mean is this: that the human mind (consciousness) isn’t made up of the same matter governed by physics. Furthermore, it could suggest that the mind is capable of overcoming physics with free will. This could potentially be the first time scientists gain a firm grasp on the problem of consciousness. “It wouldn’t settle the question, but it would certainly have a strong bearing on the issue of free will,” Hardy stated.
While Freethinker’s author was looking into this theory as a study of the subatomic relationship between parents and their offspring, the line of thinking supports the possibility that the human mind operates outside of the current laws of physics using Bell’s theorem of entanglement. Even while our amateur researcher follows the exact same measuring stick (on a much smaller level) than Hardy, the path being followed is the same and results in a similar conclusion should the experiment work. That opens the potential for debate dramatically. That is an exciting possibility at Freethinker Nation because it shows that one of our researchers is certainly proving to have some innovative if controversial trains of thought that is shared with seasoned vets in the scientific community.
If you want to know more about our author’s perspective, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
https://arxiv.org/abs/1705.04620 (Hardy’s paper)
https://www.quantamagazine.org/20170207-bell-test-quantum-loophole/ (Bell’s Theorem)