Some of the biggest scientists ever to live on Earth, have reached the conclusion that we exist in a virtual reality, conditioned by our observations.
"It will remain remarkable, in what ever way our future concepts may develop, that the very study of the external world lead to scientific conclusion that the content of the consciousness is the ultimate universal reality."
"Consciousness cannot be accounted for in physical terms. For consciousness is absolutely fundamental. It cannot be accounted for in terms of anything else."
"What we observe as material bodies and forces are nothing but shapes and variations in the structure of space."
"“Plato was the first to envisage the idea of timeless existence and to emphasize it — against reason — as a reality, more [real] than our actual experience…"
"If we think of the field as being removed, there is no 'space' which remains, since space does not have an idependent existence."
"Time has no independent existence apart from the order of events by which we measure it."
"Time is exactly the order of events: this is my conclusion."
"It is clear that the space of physics is not, in the last analysis, anything given in nature or independent of human thought. It is a function of our conceptual scheme [mind]."
"Reality is merely an ilusion, albeit a very persistent one."
Towards the end of his life:
"One has to find a possibility to avoid the continuum (together with space and time) altogether. But I have not the slighest idea what kind of elementary concepts could be used in such a theory."
"Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve."
"The common sense view of the world in terms of objects that really exist 'out there' independently of our observations [objective reality], totally collapses in the face of the quantum factor."
"Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real."
"If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet."
Virtual Reality: Why It's A Better Model Than String Theory and Holographic Universe - by Tom Campbell, author of "My Big TOE - The Complete Trilogy"