Interview with Dr. Alec Zorne
Q1. Dr. Zorne, just what is the "reality matrix effect"?
A1. In order to understand the effect, you need to understand, at least in a general way, the concept of reality matrix theory.
Q2. Can you explain that for me?
A2. I can try. A "reality matrix" is the name I've given to a mathematical construct that represents a person's deeply held attitudes toward and beliefs about reality, not only about what the world is like but also about the kind of world that person would want to live in.
Q3. That sounds pretty utopian. Pretty impossible, too.
A3. I suppose it does at that. But as you know, I've studied not only physics but also the psychology and physiology of perception. I was always fascinated by the way different people could look at the same thing or the same event and see it very differently, almost as if they were living in different but overlapping dimensions. It took me a long time to come up with the right kind of questionnaire with the right questions and with a way of plotting the responses to form a useful matrix. I'm still trying to improve all of that. The job probably never will be complete. But my research in this area has given me some fascinating insights into the way that what we think of as "reality" actually works.
Q4. I think I'm more confused now than ever.
A4. Sorry. I've been living with these concepts for years. I keep forgetting how strange all this must sound to other people. Even scientists who have backgrounds in related fields seem to find it hard to take my research seriously.
Q5. Yes. Maybe that's partly because of your unconventional background. Your personal life has been pretty controversial. How has that affected your work and the acceptance of your findings?
A5. It's true that I got into some pretty hairy things several years ago. Some of that was exploring. For example, I experimented with drugs that were supposed to be "mind-expanding." But I must admit that I also did some things that were just plain stupid. I certainly have regrets, but I can't say it was all a waste. I find I often learn more from my mistakes than from my successes. But to answer your question, my background definitely has made it more difficult for me to get funding for my research. And as I said, a lot of my fellow scientists dismiss my work as the ravings of a harebrained hippie.
Q6. Okay, now that you've explained what a reality matrix is, can you explain about the "reality matrix effect"?
A6. I learned about the effect accidentally when it turned out that one of my test subjects had latent psychic abilities.
Q7. Wow. So in addition to the other things that make mainstream scientists write off your work, you introduce the paranormal?
A7. I can't help it if that's where my research has led me. In the end, this all gave me an understanding of the alternative realities predicted by the Many Worlds interpretation of quantum physics.
Q8. Okay. What's the Many Worlds interpretation?
A8. Every time we make a decision, even something as simple as whether to turn on a light, we choose to follow one of of two or more possible timelines or paths into the future. That's pretty easy to understand. But according to the Many Worlds interpretation, the timelines we didn't choose also exist. We just have no access to them. We are limited to one timeline, the version of reality that we set in motion when we switched on the light (or chose not to turn it on.)
Q9. That still doesn't explain what you mean by the "reality matrix effect."
A9. What I discovered was that under certain circumstances, and with the help of a psychic push, people can shift into a different timeline, essentially, into a different version of reality. That's what I call the "reality matrix effect."