The famous Flammarian woodcut of a man peering out from the ordinary world to see the true workings.
A coloured version of the 1888 Flammarion engraving.

For centuries, art in the western world was stuck in refining the standard form, literal representation. The avant-garde revolution broke the mould. First impressionism and then abstract art ushered in a new age. Now in the modern world there is an unexpected parallel in the science of physics.

The modern scientific worldview has always been committed to a type of literal representation, ‘physicalism‘. This means reality is defined by, and only by, physical things. But the revelations of quantum theory a hundred years ago mean this does not work. As told by the pioneering physicist Bryce DeWitt:

Wrenched out of centuries-old thought patterns, physicists of a century ago found themselves compelled to embrace a new metaphysics. The distress which this reorientation caused continues to the present day. Basically physicists have suffered a severe loss: their hold on reality. (1971, 274)

Now, finally, the full nature of the new metaphysics is emerging. The result of the new physics is as radical as Klee compared to Turner. The world is real – ‘determinate’ – only where observed.

This is the meaning of the ‘Copenhagen interpretation‘ developed in the early days of quantum theory. The effect is rather nicely illustrated by the famous Flammarian woodcut above. ‘Out there’, beyond the field of perception, the world is unreal, indeterminate, mathematical patterns. This is the quantum universe.

This is what we have discovered but not been able come to terms with. It means a huge upheaval, a scientific revolution. A whole new worldview is required. But most extraordinary of all, this directly affects our daily lives. It means one is relevant in this world in a manner quite impossible to conceive in the physics of the current worldview. One is not separate from the world, but very directly connected with all of it. And this has the potential to restore the sense of community that made the human race successful. Armageddon retreats.

The Personal World

It means the world is completely different to our current understanding. Each person lives in their own unique version of the world. This is the explicit meaning of ‘Quantum Bayesianism‘, the modern update of the Copenhagen interpretation:

This means that reality differs from one agent to another. This is not as strange as it may sound. What is real for an agent rests entirely on what that agent experiences, and different agents have different experiences. (Fuchs et al., 2013, 3)

In other words, we live in different, parallel realities. Our worlds are very similar, and of course they overlap and coincide, but with regard to the future there may be huge differences. It is a most disturbing idea. But this is what conforms to the facts, and the advantages are out of this world as we shall see.

Although these types of theories solve the great paradox of quantum theory, they have been generally ignored and sidelined. The idea is just too fantastic, too alien. But this has now been demonstrated in a recent physics experiment (Proietti et al., 2019) (Tischler et al., 2020). Nonetheless, this is still not generally accepted or even acknowledged. The main problem is there is no ‘ontology’, no fundamental explanation. This is the breakthrough claimed in Avant Garde Science. It means that this type of world exists as well as the ordinary world.

The ordinary world as we currently understand it is of course the real world. This is what everything is made of, as is obvious. The personal world is like a special effect in the space of all possible worlds. This is what has been discovered but not recognised. This new interpretation is described in The Personal World. The evidence is the ‘holographic universe’ as described in that section.

The New Empowerment

The personal world is not just an extraordinary and fascinating idea. It is of direct and immediate significance in our everyday lives. It means that the relationship each person has with their world is fundamentally different. In your personal world you are constantly biasing what is likely to happen in the future of this world.

Some of this is perfectly ordinary. The things I do will of course bias what is likely to happen in the future of my world. But in this type of world the effect is global. In other words, the effect operates with regard to all events in the world, even those in which you have no involvement.

This is due to the extraordinary importance of observations. This world is only real where it has been observed. So if you could alter which version of an observation you make, this must alter what is real in this world. Fantastic though it sounds, this is exactly the effect of ‘confirmation bias‘.

This is a well-known phenomenon. Confirmation bias alters which version of an observation is made, so as to conform to what is expected. When the bias operates, the unconscious mind alters the observation before it is experienced.

In the ordinary world this just means my perception is off. But in the personal world, defined by observations, something very strange happens instead. That altered observation is what comes to define my world. This is the direct implication of the physics of this type of world, as will be described in detail.

It is the expectations cause the bias on the making of observations. The result is that the future of one’s world is biased towards the expected events becoming real. Technically, the expectations become ‘strange attractors’ in the personal world, meaning the reality tends to gravitate toward these outcomes. This is described in Strange Attractors.

This is an entirely unconscious process. Both the formation of expectations and the operation of confirmation bias operate outside of ordinary consciousness. The new empowerment arises because we can take charge, and generate expectations deliberately.

Firstly, we can influence the mental habituation by deliberately focusing on positive outcomes. Not, of course, a new idea. But now we know just how significant this is. Secondly, we can deliberately formulate images of desired events in the future, and this induces expectation for these types of events. The mechanism is described in The New Empowerment.

If we can shape our futures by changing what we expect, it means life really is a game. Finally, we now know how it works. It should be a lot easier to win the game now we know what we are doing.

Quantum Karma

A further extraordinary implication is the other side of this coin. ‘Karma’ is a real phenomenon. This is a longstanding concept of cause and effect in Eastern religions. Good actions generate a good future and bad actions a bad one. They were right. Unconscious expectations are constantly being generated by what one does and how one thinks. And these too become strange attractors in the personal world. So one sows the seed and reaps the harvest of one’s actions and intents. Thus karma operates. The way you treat the world is the way your world treats you. This is described in Quantum Karma.

The way of dealing with this is ‘enlightened self-interest’, meaning doing well by doing good. This is ‘Right Action’ in the Buddhist world. Doing well by others, or at least doing no harm.

This means there is an entirely selfish reason to do as you would be done by. Everything one is doing, and even one’s intentions are shaping the future of this world. So in principle at least, we want to do well by others, or at least do no harm.

In other words, it means the moral principles of the great religions are reinstated. In this personal world they are real operational principles. But dogma has no place here. This is simply hard logical rational science.

The New Enlightenment

This new understanding has the potential to resolve the truly intractable problems in our global culture. This produces exactly the sea change of human nature our survival requires. As stated by the pioneering environmentalist Alexander King:

Any durable solution to [humanity’s] external and internal problems can only come from evolution beyond the egoism that motivates every individual. The wisdom we desperately require can only come through inner transformation. … This seems the only hope of breaking the impasse of both great danger and great promise, in which mankind is presently constrained. (2006, 22)

This is the effect of the new worldview. The inner transformation is the realisation that the self and the world are not separate in the way we imagine. The experiences recorded in memory are the only definition of this world. So this is all you. To arrive at this realisation is genuine ‘re-ligion’, re-connection with the whole of oneself. You are the pilot of your personal world, and it is all you. How you live defines the tendencies of how it works.

Such a transformation is the objective of spiritual paths in many disciplines. Most of us cannot really see the point. But in the personal world there is a powerful motive for such an evolution. You acquire the wisdom of the ages simply through logic. It is clear that this is a domain of karma. And it is also clear that skilful living will bring about extraordinary results.

This is the incentive, the carrot. There is also the stick, the rod of law. In the personal world, enlightened self-interest is the only self-supporting way to live. Otherwise one is constantly poisoning one’s future, globally.

This is what gives rise to the evolution beyond basic egoism, an inherent morality. And this in turn means we have a decent chance of surviving this century as a successful species on a viable planet. In the best possible future, a glorious new age is a real possibility as described in The New Enlightenment.

The Avant Garde

The current worldview of physicalism bases everything on existing physical theory, and presupposes an ordinary world. In this worldview, ideas such as Quantum Bayesianism are obviously wrong. On the other hand, in Quantum Bayesianism it is held that there is no ordinary world at all. There is nothing but experience. The new worldview presented here demonstrates why both these views are both correct descriptions, in their different contexts. Which solves the ‘measurement problem’ as we shall see.

The new idea is that the personal world is indeed a new, different type of world we have discovered, but it is simply the effect of a great number of these ordinary worlds, superposed. This is the avant garde science. This gives rise to exactly the effect of the personal world. This is the ontology of the personal world, the ‘relative world’ in physics. And the ordinary world remains the basis of all existence, just as it is.

The breakthrough is that both exist. This is the new idea, existence of the two different types of world, at different ‘levels of logical type’. This explains the very different natures of these domains, and how they coexist. This is described in The Avant Garde.

The New Worldview

The objective of this website is to lay out the principles of the established physics that lead to this new worldview. There is nothing to believe here, or to take on faith. What is presented is simply a logical analysis which you can follow from beginning to end. You have already seen the outline. This new concept demonstrates the ontology of the personal world as a direct implication of the known physics. The new worldview provides us with the chance for a whole new era of cooperation and intelligence in the human culture. A better brighter age is dawning if we can take it on.

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