When we ask “What is reality?”, are we referring to what you think reality is or what the average person thinks reality is? In other words, are we asking about subjective reality or objective reality? They certainly do not have to be the same.
When individual citizens do not perceive reality the same as the majority of citizens, they can be committed if they deviate from the normal, expected reality. If a man believes his reality is that he is from the planet Zink, then others may want him locked up in a mental ward since his version of reality does not match that of the average person.
So can we ever know what reality is without first checking with the majority? I think so. We can start with quantum reality. Quantum mechanics may be the strangest reality of all, yet it also may be the most important reality.
Quantum reality has a rule that is foreign to most of us: everything can be in two places at the same time. In the famous double-slit experiment, a photon is sent off toward two slots and it goes through both of them at the same time. Instead of there being two lines on the other side of the two slits, there are three. And to make things more confusing, if you place two observation points by the double-slits to examine this activity, the reality changes back to what you thought it should have been. What does this mean?
One theory is that your observation of reality is not quantum reality. Does the moon exist when you aren’t looking at it? Does a falling tree make a noise in the forest if you are not there to hear it? Your observations form your version of reality, but it probably is not ultimate reality. So, the answer may be that your version of reality of the moon and the falling tree only exist when you observe them. But quantum reality exists when you are not observing. And quantum reality is more than likely the true reality.
Does that mean that your perception of reality is flawed? No, I believe it just means that your reality serves you well at your level. The hidden reality or quantum reality is the reality of the creation of our universe. It appears to be beyond our understanding. It might be a code like DNA, more like a mathematical formula, that was designed by the Creator.
I say that it appears to be beyond our understanding because even Einstein could not marry his theories with the quantum world. Even today with some cosmologists indicating that they have come up with the theory of everything through the string theory, we still do not have all the answers and probably never will.
When scientists developed particle accelerators and colliders at the Fermilab and other locations to split protons down into the elementary particles, they discovered that there was a “particle zoo” that splintered out from the protons. Even though they came up with 16 basic groups, including six quarks and six leptons, they still do not know what the elementary particles are and probably never will. Why? Perhaps it is because we cannot observe quantum reality.
As discussed earlier, we cannot observe the quantum world because observation, by that act alone, negates the reality of that world. And if reality is created in the quantum world, then we can never observe it. Our world of reality does not permit us to be in two places at the same time, but our Creator can be. That is the definition of omnipresence.
It is interesting to think about a quantum computer where the digits 0 and 1 are used at the same time rather than separately like in a normal computer. Programmers should consider creating a quantum computer that may lead us to a new world of computing. Perhaps, the quantum computers will show us that our version of reality is like a three-dimensional hologram beamed into our reality from the quantum world, which is the true reality.