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B Flashing In And Out of Existence?

  1. Apr 17, 2016 #1
    I have read in several articles about quantum physics and consciousness the idea that reality is "flashing in and out of existence". I have copied a quote below from Brandon West about this. Does anyone have more information about any research or theoretical basis of this?

    Quote: "And because reality is flashing in and out of existence (hypothetically at Planck time – 1044 times per second – as explained to me by The Resonance Project biophysicist William Brown), every time our reality oscillates between form and the pure energy state of the field our awareness, which is constant and doesn’t flash in and out of existence, informs the field what to reappear as when it makes its transition back to form at the quantum level (for more on this topic read [Link deleted by Moderator]."

    Here is another quote: "This is not a metaphor. One of the implications of quantum theory is that these particles do in fact pop in and out of existence in the void."
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  3. Apr 18, 2016 #2


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    There is no theoretical basis for it. It's pure nonsense, as is pretty much everything in the link you provided (which I had to remove due to forum rules). Nowhere in quantum theory do you find anything talking about consciousness, so anyone saying quantum theory says anything about it is either lying or has no idea what they're talking about.

    Edit: That also applies to "reality flashing into and out of existence".
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  4. Apr 18, 2016 #3

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    Please look at the PF Insights post Misconceptions about Virtual Particles.
    You can see here (including the references) how a simple physical fact about a scattering event can be turned - by a scientist who wants to paint a picture for the uninitiated - into a lively science fiction scene (masquerading as science) in which particles pop in and out of existence. This is the frequent fate of scientific statements propagated into the world of nonphysicists.
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  5. Apr 18, 2016 #4
    The Planck Time is the shortest unit of time that has meaning: http://www.physlink.com/Education/AskExperts/ae281.cfm

    As for this, Heisenberg's Uncertainty principle, the precision with which certain pairs of physical properties of a particle cannot be known simultaneously, suggests that space cannot be completely empty. The strength of a field and the rate of change of this cannot both be known precisely, so they cannot both be zero.
  6. Apr 18, 2016 #5

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    That's not true, and the fact that the answer came from an undergrad shold have tipped you off that it was at risk for being wrong.
  7. Apr 18, 2016 #6
    So there is a shorter unit of time?
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    We do not know if there is a shortest unit of time, and if there is, we do not know how long it is.
    Using our current theories to try to predict things on shorter timescales does not work, but that is just a limit of our current knowledge.
    Pure nonsense, as Drakkith said already.
  9. Apr 18, 2016 #8


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    Yes. The misunderstanding here is so common that we even have an Insights article about it: https://www.physicsforums.com/insights/hand-wavy-discussion-planck-length/

    Yes, I know, that's about the Planck length not the Planck time - but because of the way they're defined if the Planck length isn't the shortest possible length then the Planck time cannot be the shortest possible time, and vice versa.
  10. Apr 18, 2016 #9


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    This thread topic is nonsense, so is closed.
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