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**These are excerpts and elaborations from my book "The Nature of Consciousness"**

In 2005 the
Italian mathematician Piero Scaruffi proposed an approach to reconciling Quantum Theory and Relativity
Theory that is consistent with Linde’s chaotic inflationary theory. Relativity
prescribes a spacetime continuum, whereas Quantum Theory prescribes a discrete
world. If one views Quantum Theory as a special case of Relativity Theory, this
might make sense. Quantum Theory
cannot explain why nature only likes some discrete values. Relativity
Theory is apparently stating some grander and somewhat more absolute truth
about the universe; basically, about the dimensions of existence. Quantum
Theory is apparently telling us something about the human world of objects and
measurements; basically, about the world of "sizes". One way to
visualize these ideas is to think of relativistic spacetime as an ocean, and of
quantum values as the ripples caused by an object moving through spacetime. The
ocean is a continuum, but the ripples are discrete. Both the ocean and the
ripples are real, and one can construct a theory to describe the ocean and a
different theory to describe the ripples. Then Relativity is the theory about the
ocean, and Quantum Theory is the theory about the ripples. Quantum Theory,
basically, describes the ripples in spacetime (or at least in the region of
spacetime inhabited by human observers) caused by energy-matter in motion.
Einstein's equations
describe how spacetime warps because of matter. Schroedinger's equations describe the ripples
caused by such matter. If this is
correct, Relativity's space and time are different from Quantum Theory's space
and time. We use the same name for two different things: Relativity's space is
a dimension, an underlying framework, whereas Quantum Theory's space is about
the "size" of an object. Spacetime is the continuum that
energy-matter interacts with. Quantum values are the results of measuring the
ripples caused by that interaction. The reason that the ripples are discrete
and not a continuum is exactly the same as for ripples that form on a surface.
Any attribute of an object over the ripples admits only some values, because it
exists and is measured only over the ripples. Scaruffi
believes that the probabilistic nature of Quantum Theory emerges because of the
translation from "ocean" to "ripples". Ditto for the
attributes (charge, spin, etc). They are all manifestations of the ripples. General
relativity is about the dynamics of the universe: it describes an eternal dance
between the distribution of masses and the geometry of spacetime, the former
determining the latter and the latter determining the motion of the former.
Indirectly, Einstein's equations can
be interpreted as the relationship (or the connection" of everything to
everything else. As connections change, other connections change. Each
connection gets adjusted so as to preserve some global feature of the universe.
Basically, the universe behaves like a giant brain. The quantization
of spacetime is a superficial consequence of the "connection of everything
to everything else", as this is equivalent to constructing a landscape of
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