Physics & Objective Reality

The “reality” of this universe is fascinating indeed. We perceive it directly through our physical perceptions of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. We also perceive it more deeply through our mental perception, which is referred to as common sense based on generations of experience, or wisdom.

The science of Physics investigates and builds up on the objective reality of the universe.

The objective reality is that which has been tested and verified, and cannot be argued with. The word objective is derived from object that has the sense of “something perceived”. Objective reality is not only made tangible through the physical perceptions, but also made consistent by the mental perception of logic. The objective reality is the same for all people.

Objective reality is that from which all known inconsistencies have been resolved.

The subjective reality is different for different people and it may be argued with. The word subjective is derived from subject that has the sense of “open to inspection”. Subjective reality depends on individual viewpoint. It is recognized by inconsistencies present in the view of reality.

Subjective reality is characterized by inconsistencies that still need to be resolved.

As inconsistencies are resolved the subjective reality becomes increasingly objective. We may compare realities by the degree of their subjectivity or objectivity. It is not just black and white.

There is, however, a misconception that everything processed through the mind is subjective. Wisdom that has been refined and verified over generations is still subjective because it is based on mental perception. Even the physical perceptions are subjective because they are interpreted by the mind. Since reality cannot be perceived except through the mind the objective reality is unattainable. Such a viewpoint is impractical.

Reality does not become subjective just because it is processed through the mind.

The science of physics continually examines the physical phenomena by observing it more deeply through experiments. It comes up with theories and concepts to explain the phenomena under examination. Newton came up with fundamental concepts, such as, mass and inertia, along with theories to explain motion, mechanics and gravity. Such theories and concepts are then continually examined for inconsistencies. Physics does so by the use of mathematics, which is a rigorous form of logic. But this does not exclude other forms of logic.

The criterion of objectivity is physical, mathematical and logical consistency.

It is increasingly becoming difficult to directly examine and verify the phenomena in modern scientific investigations. Mathematics is being used increasingly to substitute for direct observations. Mathematics has even substituted the theories in quantum mechanics. Although the mathematics of quantum mechanics predicts remarkably verifiable results; but its interpretation conflicts with the common logic. There are unresolved inconsistencies when the theories of relativity, quantum mechanics, and Newtonian mechanics are considered together.

This book is written on the premise that when there is a physical, mathematical or logical inconsistency some truth is missing and it needs to be discovered.


Reference: A Logical Approach to Theoretical Physics


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