Emergence Theory and Consciousness
One of the most mysterious aspects of quantum mechanics has to do with reality only existing when it is observed.
Well, who or what is it observed by?
Famous physicist John Wheeler said, “no phenomenon is a real phenomenon until it is an observed phenomenon.” He also said, “we are participants in bringing into being not only the near and here, but the far away and long ago.” Wheeler suspected that consciousness is fundamental to actualizing reality by observing it. Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek wrote that the literature on the interpretation of quantum mechanics is “famously contentious and obscure.” He then said, “I believe it will remain so until someone constructs, within the formalism of quantum mechanics, an ‘observer,’ that is, a model entity whose states correspond to a recognizable caricature of conscious awareness.”
So what is this conscious awareness that observes reality into existence?
Emergence theory defines this observer not as a human being or animal who is seeing or being aware of something––but as a "unit of consciousness," or viewing vector that exists at all scales of reality, starting at the Planck scale (the smallest scale that exists in physics.) In Emergence theory's still-evolving framework, emergent universal consciousness self-references itself into existence via a massively efficient geometric, binary code/language of measurements. For the 3D quasicrystalline point space that we theorize is the substructure of reality to behave as this language or code, an observer is required at every point of the quasicrystal in order to make the freewill choices regarding the states of the tetrahedral building blocks of reality in every given moment. This means that at the center of every single tetrahedron/pixel in the quasicrystal there is a unit of consciousness that observes its immediate surrounding and makes binary choices regarding changes in the states of reality at every single moment in time. Each such unit of consciousness is a component of a massive, intricate neural network – a universal scale, collective consciousness that observes the universe at all scales and all times, actualizing reality – including itself - by observing it.
In this system, each unit of consciousness inhabits a point on the quasicrystal, and as if it is looking through a pinhole, observes other points of the structure to form information. That information is the view itself. For example, imagine you are observing three lights in the sky that are at an equal distance from one another and forming a perfect equilateral triangle. You, the observer, are on the ground and much closer to one of the lights than to the other two. So you will not actually see an equilateral triangle. Instead, you will see a transformed triangle that is a new piece of geometric information––essentially a measurement that tells you the relationship of the three lights to one another and your relationship to all three.
In this way, the points of consciousness observe the fundamental geometry of tetrahedral building blocks, or pixels, at the smallest scale of reality (the Planck scale) to form geometric symbols equal to the meaning of a rotation of one the tetrahedra. For example, imagine you are sitting on a chair in front of a cube. You look at this cube and, in your mind, you transform it to a flat picture in 2D. Call this picture a “symbol”. What does that symbol mean to you? Well, to most people it means (1) a 3D cube, not a flattened, 2D object and (2) it has the meaning of your relationship to the cube – the location or angle of your viewing of it. Next, imagine that you move your chair one foot to the side and look at the cube again. What do you see? Again, you see a 2D symbol that, to you, has the meaning of the full 3D cube. But this time, your viewpoint contains different information, expressing the meaning of your second location. Compare the meaning of the two locations. The meaning of this comparison is a rotation of the cube. The meaning of the two successive 2D images of the cube is equal to sitting in the first position and watching the cube itself change positions or rotate instead of yourself. Either interpretation is acceptable.
Check out our detailed paper titled “The Hard Problem of Consciousness” as it relates to Emergence theory.