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The Universe is Not Real


        © Copyright  L Lyott  2018  All rights reserved.

'Reality is merely an illusion-albeit a  persistent one '                                           

                                       -Albert Einstein (almost)

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It may not be possible to create a definition of reality which is acceptable  to everyone  and this simple fact may tell us that we each make our own decision as to what is real and what is not real- we do not all accept the same reality. Pat Sall’s definition is therefore based on perception...​

'Reality is the perception of an existence which conforms to an understanding based on universally accepted principals- ie science or faith.'

Many people believe there are realities which exist outside of science and which do not conform to the rules of science. It follows that a key question when contemplating reality is, therefore- ‘How credible and reliable is science?’

To understand why the universe must exist only as  imagination please scroll down...

Accepting that The Universe is Not Real


The First Assumption 

'Infinity of space and time must be a real and accepted concept'


How old were you when you first asked yourself where does space end and what is at the end of space? Science has not established a satisfactory answer to this most basic of questions about existence and this may be because scientists and mathematicians cannot agree on the existence of infinity. It seems the answer to why scientists cannot totally accept infinity is because infinity causes unacceptable mathematical conundrums. However, if space has real physical existence but there is no such thing as real infinity then space must have an end and that creates the questions- ‘What is at the end of space? Also, where does whatever is at the end of space end?’ Eventually, a fact has to be accepted: there is no end because space is infinite. Similarly, when did time begin and will it ever end? Both time and space are infinite.

Add to this the thought that imagination may have no limitations or boundaries and so imagination may also be infinite.

'Reality exists in the human mind and nowhere else'

                                             -George Orwell

'Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it,   it doesn't go away' 


                                              -Philip K Dick

The Second Assumption

'A physical universe must also exist as a nonphysical universe but a nonphysical universe is independent of its physical counterpart'

There are two types of existence:-1. the real, physical existence as that of our universe and 2. the abstract existence of the mind of universal imagination.  Whatever may exist in reality will also exist in the broadest acceptance of imagination. If our universe ended tomorrow and our ‘physical’ world was to have vanished, the idea of what once existed would not have gone away- the nonphysical existence of imagination would be unaffected and therefore still exist as before regardless of the fact that the real universe no longer exists. Imagination can, therefore, exist outside of human existence and outside of our universe. Imagination is infinite and must contain imaginings and ideas, visions, dreams and all manners of things that do not exist within our universe. What exists, in reality, will always also exist in imagination but there are things in the imagination which cannot exist in reality.

The Third Assumption

'There is evidence of nonphysical existence but


there is no evidence of physical existence'


The third assumption leads on from the second assumption that a nonphysical universe can exist independently of its physical counterpart but a physical universe will always have a corresponding existence in the nonphysical dimension of imagination. Extending from Descartes 'I think therefore I am' as being evidence of nonphysical existence the third assumption simply adds by saying that we have no such strong evidence that a physical universe exists.

The Fourth Assumption:

‘The Laws of Parsimony conclude the universe does not exist outside of imagination- the universe is not real'


  In (a drier page) of the novel, Breakdown, Pat Sall explains...

‘Our universe must be what we perceive it to be. The best and only evidence and the nearest to proof we have of anything is, 'I think therefore I am' and so the universe existing as thought is strongly evident. However, this is not so for a physical universe. There is no evidence that our universe is a real, solid physicality. In addition, any physical universe must also exist in the infinite realm of imagination whereas a nonphysical universe need not exist in a physical sense. From this, it can be accepted that when Occam's Razor and the law of Parsimony is applied the simplest explanation- '   Following these expressions there were a few expected sniggers and mumbles and Gordon interrupted me with,  'Now you've lost me mate!'  The whole group laughed in agreement but to my pleasant surprise Leb then said, 'Is this about the least complicated option being the likely one?'   I   acknowledged Leb's comment and expanded,  'Yes, Occam was an English philosopher and he is acclaimed for recognising the law of Parsimony which states the most simple answers are undoubtedly considered the most likely. I think the Greeks and others also recognised it but in short, it is generally accepted by scientists and mathematicians alike as a way to progress and conclude theoretical thinking.'   That cleared up I re-embarked on the final relevant assumption.


'Our universe is most likely to exist not in a physical sense but only as imagination. The universe is not real-except as imagination. Our universe exists as imagination only-it is imagination only. The potency of our solidity, and physical existence, is imagination only, and this potency is perhaps our imagination! There is, quite simply, no requirement for the universe to be anything other than imagined.  The Fourth Assumption must, therefore, be accepted.’               To The Top