Modern physicists do not have a single picture of
"the way the world really is;" instead there are eight ideas of
"quantum reality." These eight views of reality are quite different;
yet all are considered by leading scientists to be valid, or a least
successful in terms of explaining experiments.
Worldviews of Prominent
Physicists and Philosophers
- There is no deep reality.
- Reality is created by observation.
- Reality is an undivided wholeness.
- Reality consists of a steadily increasing
number of parallel universes.
- The world obeys a non-human kind of reasoning.
- The world is made of ordinary objects.
- Consciousness creates reality.
- The world is twofold, consisting of potentials
Scientists will admit that quantum theories do not
correspond to "common sense"---meaning, the law of cause and effect.
The principal features of quantum theory contradict "cause and effect"
relationships by assuming that random, spontaneous events can and do
occur within a quantified limit (specified by the Heisenberg
The majority of leading modern physicists
seriously believe the first view; "There is no deep reality" and claim
that there is no objective reality. For them, "physics is not physical,