What do Plato, Buddha, and Quantum Physics all have in common? Their depiction of reality.

Aristotle, Einstein, and many others held opposite views.

So, what is reality?

If you want to know the answer, or argue it, follow me here through thousands of years of debates and science, and to a final definitive answer.

The simple answer:

Plato was correct – we are just shadows on a wall (remember Plato’s allegory of the cave?). In modern terms, we would say that reality is non-local.

Plato believed we were manifestations of some other ultimate reality. This idea fits nicely with religion, the ideas of God, heaven, Eastern philosophy, etc., but it did not become the ‘Western’ world view.  Aristotle disagreed with Plato, as did a long lineage of philosophers and scientists. And so our Western world view was largely shaped by them for thousands of years, reaching its peak with the work of Einstein; giving man ever greater dominion over the world around him. Or so we thought.  So we sought. And then… Quantum Physics happened.

The 20th century started with ‘weird’ quantum theories, implying that Plato was correct, and ended with countless confirmations, experiments, and technologies confirming those implications. Scientists, including Einstein himself, bent on disproving many of these various ‘weird’ implications, including the idea of a non-local reality, only aided in the proof, as the results always turned out as quantum physics predicted. Always.

Why do I write about this? Because quantum physics, and the reality that it depicts, offers far more hope and a better understanding of the human condition.

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