Who Is The Observer?
Essay by Amrit Sorli,
SpaceLife Institute, Tuscany, Italy
Bohr considered that the observer plays an active role into behaviour of elementary particles.
Einstein idea was that behaviour of elementary particles is independent of the observer, it depends
on some “hidden variables”.
Speculations on the question “who is the observer?” offer some new perspectives which bring
closer the view of Bohr with the view of Einstein.
In an experiment with elementary particles (or in any other scientific experiment) a scientist plays
the “observer”. It is the same observer that has also possibility to watch (witness) the mind.
Everyone can watch his/her mind whenever one likes. By watching the mind a scientist becomes
aware of the way his/her mind elaboration influences his experience of the experiment.
Let’s see the stream of information running into an experiment.
experiment - perception (eyes) - elaboration (mind) - experience (observer)
Information about the experiment are first perceived by the senses, than elaborated by the mind,
finally experience occurs (1).
The ability of the scientist (the observer) to watch the mind belongs to the consciousness. It is
consciousness that is watching (witnessing) the mind. Mind is creating the thoughts and
consciousness is watching them.
Prof. Penrose considers that consciousness is a result of quantum gravity acting on the neurons of
the brain. Consciousness is not only the result of the biochemical reactions in the brain, it is also
deeply related to gravitation.
According to the “A-Temporal Gravitation Theory” gravitation is a-temporal carried directly by the
a-temporal physical space (2,3,4).
Time exists only as a irreversible stream of material change that run into cosmic space. It is not that
change run into time, change itself are time. Cosmic space itself is a-temporal. Here it is
fundamental to understand that clocks are precise instruments with a constant rate of change and run
in a-temporal space. With clocks we measure the duration of all changes (5).
In the universe exists two types of the phenomena: temporal and a-temporal. “Temporal
phenomena” are changes or movements of the material objects or particles in cosmic space, for
example the movement of the earth around the sun, or the movement of the light into cosmic space.
For “A-temporal phenomena” to happen no movement of particle or material object is needed,
which means that for its existence no time is needed. For example gravitational is carried directly by
the density of cosmic space. For gravitational force to be transported no travel of particle or wave
through the cosmic space is needed. Communication between elementary particles in EPR
experiment is carried directly by the a-temporal cosmic space, no travel or particle or wave is
needed. A-temporal cosmic space is a “direct information channel”. It transports the information
from the particle A to the particle B instantly (4).
Gravitational force is carried directly by the density of quanta of space (QS) that build up a-
temporal cosmic space. Density (D) of QS of a given area of cosmic space depends on the density
of matter into given volume of cosmic space. D = mG, where D is a density of QS in the centre of
the material object, m is the mass of the object and G is the gravitational constant. The gravitational
force Fg between two material objects is following: Fg = (D1 x D2) / (r on square x G), where r is
distance between the centres of two material objects (3).
Quanta of space which build cosmic space change their electrical charge from positive to negative
in a Planck time (5.39x10-44s, vibrate at the “basic frequency” 0.19x1044s-1, have a “basic energy”
given by the relation Eqs = h*0.19x1044s-1 where h is Planck’s constant (6.626069x10-34Js), and
thus Eqs = 1.26x1010J.
QS of a-temporal cosmic space have a “bipolar nature” (namely they change the electrical charge
continuously) and are complete into themselves. Their existence does not depend on other physical
entities. They have no radiation, no “dispersion of the energy”; since their energy is always the
same and precisely the basic energy Eqs = 1.26 x1010J. This means that QS that build up ATPS
have no entropy.
QS of cosmic space are a-temporal and have no entropy. Consciousness has the same properties. It
is a-temporal and has no entropy.
Here is a “quantum jump” of this speculation. One could suppose that consciousness is the basic
frequency of QS that build up a-temporal cosmic space. This basic frequency of QS by acting on the
neurons of the human brain creates the phenomena of “human consciousness“. The more the
vibrations of the neurons are in tune with the basic frequency of QS, the more person will be
conscious. The intensity of the human consciousness depends on the synchronicity with the basic
frequency of QS of cosmic space.
Human brain can be compared with the radio, cosmic space with the transmitter. The more one is in
tune with the transmitter the better he/she can use it. Our watching (witnessing) the mind depends
on the intensity (quality) of tuning with the basic frequency of cosmic space.
We have now the answer: “Observer is the consciousness itself“. It is consciousness that is
observing the experiment, it is the same consciousness that is watching the mind.
Consciousness has existed long before man has appeared on the earth. Elementary particles have
been behaved in a same manner also before man has appeared.
Accepting the idea that consciousness is a basic frequency of cosmic space shrinks the gap between
Bohm and Einstein interpretation of behaviour of elementary particles.
Both are right. In an experiment the observer (the consciousness) influences behaviour of the
With understanding that consciousness is a basic frequency of QS that build up cosmic space it is
also right to say in an experiment, the behaviour of elementary particles depends on some “hidden
variable” that is consciousness itself. Elementary particles behave in a same way also when no
scientist is observing them. Consciousness is observing them continuously.
Bohm interpretation is pragmatic, Einstein interpretation is speculative and keeps the door open.
Consciousness acts in a scientist as his/her capacity to watch and to become aware the way mind
functions. By watching the mind a scientist will become aware of the consciousness itself. He will
become self-conscious, he will experience directly the a-temporal cosmic space. That’s the finest
and the most noble discovery a scientist can have. Einstein has called it “now”.
……... there is something essential about the "now" which is outside the realm of science.
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