Once again, quantum physics is calling our concept of reality into question.
If you are familiar with quantum physics, you know that on very tiny scales, the Universe is very weird. Particles act like particles and waves at the same time. An electron may be in one location, and then suddenly in another location, without ever passing through a point between those two spots. Or even a single particle can interact with itself.
But on the macroscopic scale, things are more “normal”. At least, we think. But perhaps quantum physics also affects us, as macroscopic observers. And recent research published in Nature Physics says for even macroscopic observers, quantum physics may call our reality into question.
Tenets Of Reality That Are True… Or Are They?
As macroscopic observers, we can say three things about reality.
- If you see an event happening, it really happened.
- You can make free choices. Particles can make “free choices” too, which are statistically probabilistic.
- If something happens, it can’t instantaneously affect something far away. Information can only travel so fast, normally governed by the universal speed limit – the speed of light.
Let’s compare these with reality on a quantum level.