The Universe is a Self-Excited Circuit:
My father leaned in closer and spoke louder. “We have a question we’ve always wanted to ask you,” he said, over-enunciating every word.
“If observers create reality, where do the observers come from?”
[Physicist John] Wheeler smiled. “From physics . From the universe. I like to say”— he paused, trying to find the words—“ that the universe is a self-excited circuit.”
-Amanda Gefter, Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn
A Poetic Version:
I know that nothing has ever been real
without my beholding it.
All becoming has needed me.
My looking ripens things
and they come toward me, to meet and be met.
-Rainer Rilke, Book of Hours, I,1