While at work a man receives a phone call. His pregnant wife has gone into labor and has been transported to the hospital. Quickly he grabs his coat a keys and runs out of the office, hops in the car and speeds off to the hospital. Simultaneously, a distress call comes to the fire station of a possible electric fire a few blocks away from the hospital. The fire-fighters jump into their truck, turn on the siren, and speed off to the location of the fire.
At an intersection on route to both emergencies hangs a traffic signal. The man rushing to the hospital sees the light in front of him but hears sirens approaching from the perpendicular street to the right. The fire-truck driver sees the light, looks both ways and sees a man in a car approaching the intersection from the perpendicular street to the left. Simultaneously they focus on the light signal with the intention of it being green…
SO, which one will receive the green light? Will it be the man rushing to his wife and perhaps newborn child, or the fire-fighters whose response time is imperative for the safety of all those at the fire location? Provided the civil engineer who designed the traffic light did not install a pre-coded timer for the light, it is a 50-50 chance for both vehicles.
The word “chance” here may be the key to understanding the position of the reality. In the theory of quantum mechanics, it was expressed that all events in our perceived reality hinder on probability. The power of this idea comes from the concept that the observer can impact the reality of observed event. Expressively, the mere presence of someone looking at the traffic light can effect the resultant color of the light. If one driver focused on the reality that the light is green for them, the light reacts to that awareness and adjusts accordingly. So, upon approaching the light, the driver rushing to the hospital can focus on a green light and the light for his reality will become green. CRAZY RIGHT?! HOWEVER, what if the driver of the fire-truck does the same thing. Whose reality takes president and supreme? Both. Neither. The husband’s. The fire-truck driver’s. ALL realities, as represented in quantum theory exist simultaneously. But for this event in this reality only one can be actualized.
Dr. Amit Goswami, Ph.D, a theoretical physicist and all around genius feels quite certain of what happens in this dilemma. In his film, The Quantum Activist, he articulates the interplay between relative realities, perceptions, and the correlation between ourselves and every piece of our encompassing existence. In an enlightening way, Goswami attempts to bridge the gap between science and God: our control and the uncontrollable.
Whether you have your own conclusions on what happened at the traffic light or not, Goswami’s approach is interesting at the least, enlightening at the most. Check out the trailer below! The movie is available on NetFlix, DVD, and the link I’ve provided below the video. For more information on Goswami, his work, and the movie, click on the link below the video.