I have been reading Russell Targ’s fascinating book: The Reality of ESP. One of the first points he discusses is the obstacle of disbelief. Many people are unwilling to even look at any discussion of ESP because they do not see how it is possible. It does not fit in with the Newtonian physics they learned in school. Thus they are prejudiced against the possibility ESP could be valid. Therefore, they don’t take the time to study it and to understand the underlying principles that make it make sense.“ I will not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud ” C. J. Jung
And they are completely correct. In Newtonian physics the cause comes first. It is constructed with laws like: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, etc. So a topic like premonition is an impossibility – you can’t have the future affecting the present. You can’t have the cause coming after the effect. Remote viewing also can’t work – how can you see something that physically isn’t present? If you completely adhere to the belief in Newtonian physics, consciousness or the existence of the mind is an impossibility – the brain cells and neurons alone can not explain how we are conscious.
Hence the disbelief of Hubbard’s definition of reality that: reality is agreement. Hubbard is wrong – reality is (thump, thump) solid damn it! Why can’t you see that?
However this all falls apart when we look at the universe through the lens of quantum mechanics.
Russell goes into physicist David Bohm’s work – The Undivided Universe. He says “The view of quantum mechanics is that we live in a non-local reality, which is to say that we can be affected by events that are distant from our ordinary awareness. We are on a 4 dimensional space – time holographic universe.”
There is an experiment that was done where they send two photons in different directions. The photons are entangled – if you affect one the other responds, though they are a great distance apart. This happens instantly, as if there were no distance. I am sure you have read how the observer affects the outcome of the observed. Essentially, quantum mechanics is stating the non-duality of the universe, the non-local nature of it.
A hologram is a picture on a photographic glass plate that consists of an interference pattern that when illuminated by a laser gives you a 3d image. If you break the glass, and shine a laser on one of the pieces, you see the same picture, though in lesser detail. Our universe is essentially holographic in nature according to Quantum mechanics. This explains how remote viewing works for instance. You can calm your mind of extraneous thought, and focus on the distant target, and see in your mind the target in lesser detail. You are seeing essentially the broken shard of the hologram on the glass plate.
Similarly, with future time being, shall we say fluid – the future can affect the present in a quantum universe. Russell goes into the mathematics of this 4d nature of the universe in his book – he is a physicist, he studied lasers before being involved in SRI and the government’s program of remote viewing, so he can discuss with alacrity the mathematical proofs that make my head spin.
It is this 4d, non-local, holographic essential nature of the reality we exist in that allows ESP to function and to make sense, and for consciousness to exist, no longer being limited to being a brain function.
Lets’ go back to the observer affecting the observed. If a person has a pre-existing idea in his or her head that ESP is invalid, he will never see any proof to the contrary. He is creating a sort of paradox where it doesn’t exist because he doesn’t believe it exists. Well, you argue, if a person is convinced it is real, isn’t he also creating similar opposite reality? Yes he is. People who believe in ESP have a much higher success rate when tested than those who do not. Perhaps you recall the abduction of Patty Hurst? Pat Price came through and found the abandoned kidnaping car via ESP. He was convinced and certain of his abilities. Thus he got the wanted result. Look it up.
So, you could say Hubbard is correct – from a viewpoint of quantum mechanics, reality can be what you conceive or agree it to be.