Once upon a time Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg and Emanuel Swedenborg were brought back from the dead to discuss their ideas about fundamental reality.
Einstein bragged that he overthrew Newton’s idea that time was simply matter repeating itself. “Matter,” he said, “repeats itself by displacing its location through motion. It is true that there is no time in a static universe but I added another proponent to the dynamics of time. I came up with the notion of spacetime. In other words, time was a direction. Therefore both time and space partake of geometry.”
“My good friend Albert,” said Werner. “As fantastic as your theory of spacetime is, it is still a classical theory. My ideas go even deeper and are truly non-classical. In quantum theory, because a particle or electron doesn’t come into existence until it is observed and measured, it exists as a mere tendency and potential with neither locality nor temporality. Before measurement, a quantum event is indeterminate and therefore time hasn’t happened yet. This has led to a new generation of quantum physicists who suspect that if consciousness brings about measurement and actuality, then consciousness may underline physics and be a primary substance.”
Then Swedenborg spoke. “I agree that the laws which govern the universe emerge from consciousness. But consciousness means the universe is conceptual and based on rational ideas.” Swedenborg paused then spoke again. “I developed a scientific model very similar to what is today called Quantum Field Theory, which is based on virtual processes that precede events in actual or measureable spacetime. In my model these pre-space and pre-time processes have indeterminate trajectories and velocities. But they do not create spacetime and matter until their kinetic directions form new structure from coherent relationships among each other, whereby relativity is established through cooperative order and orientation. This ability of virtual processes to form novel structure through relationships is not only the origin of mass in the physical universe. It is the principle behind nature’s incessant endeavor to self-organize and create complexity. The modern notion of quantum theory on the other hand is not a theory of principles. This unifying principle in nature for which I speak has its origins in conscious love. God is the architect of this conceptual universe from Divine Love!”
Swedenborg then looked deeply into both Einstein and Heisenberg’s eyes and said with confidence, “Gentlemen, I believe I solved the problem of quantum gravity over 250 years ago.”
The two 20th Century scientists became quite animated upon hearing his background-independent explanation of quantum gravity and had many more questions for the Swedish scholar.