Is physics an observer-private phenomenon like consciousness?
Abstract:If objective physics is dependent on observer properties as Einstein showed, physical reality becomes an ‘interface reality'. Einstein's principle of observer-relativity is extended to micro motions in the observer. The resulting ‘micro relativity’ can be studied using model universes. In a classical billiard universe, the interface is (under certain conditions) characterized by ‘micro time reversals'. These time reversals cannot be ‘edited out'. They perturb (in conjunction with the observer temperature) every small-mass object to be observed. And (in conjunction with the observer diameter) they perturb every fast-moving object to be observed. The implied ‘action noise’ and a ‘velocity limit', respectively, are reminiscent of Planck's constant (h) and the speed of light (c), in the real world. To check whether there exists a connection with the real world, the observer temperature can be inserted into the two fundamental constants h and c. This leads to a specific value for the ‘observer diameter’ (7.39 micrometers). Search for a cell class clustered around this size in the brain would amount to a ‘Privacy-of-Physics test'. Four such ‘PoP tests’ can be indicated so far. The idea that certain relational properties of the world may be as observer-private as consciousness, is therefore falsifiable.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Division of Theoretical Chemistry, University of Tubingen, 72076 Tubingen, F.R.G.
Publication date: 1998-04-01