posted on Jan, 23 2006 @ 11:25 PM
Well, recently I was thinking about the universe, and quantum theory, and existance, and the like. During my thought wanderings I came across the
tragedy of the observer.
First, to explain the Tragedy, first I must explain some things about Quantum Physics.
First, nothing actually touches anything else. Really. Not your butt to your bed, not your breath in the air, not even the cell walls of your body to
other cell walls in your body. Everything is held together, so to speak, by the electro-magnetic force. Smaller things still are held together by the
Strong and Weak nuclear forces, and other forces, and still these things also never touch each other - they just come really close to each other.
Next, electrons don't spin around an atom, nor do they jump orbits by moving from Orbit A to Orbit B. Nor do they cause chemical changes by moving
between the space from atom 1 to atom 2. No, instead they disappear out of our universe and reappear, effectively instantaneously, back in our
universe - but in a spot that allows them to exist.
Probability Fields within a single atomic orbit will deduce your chances of seeing an electron in a certain area.
The Tragedy of the Observer is, though, that whenever we go to look at something, we are inputting energy into it, and thus the results we have
aren't 100% correct. The moment a photon hits an electron, it is absorbed and then emitted from the electron, which is actually a different photon.
So trying to see an electron by throwing photons at it with a super-microscope produces an image which is most certainly wrong.
However, this leads to a very interesting thing in Quantum Mechanics. A particle can be in more than one places at the same time. At the same moment,
an electron is on one side of an atomic nucleus, and at the same time is everywhere else around the nucleus.
In effect, this is the law:
Electrons don't exist in one place until we observe them.
This is to reflect the wave-particle duality of electrons. However, we know find that this duality continues on to all of matter - even protons,
neutrons, and quarks. It turns out that matter is, for all intents and purposes, strangely organized energy that up close (REALLY up close) is a wave,
but at far away distances (from the sub-atomic level and higher) acts as a particle.
This is then to say that all matter only exists once we observe it.
So the question now becomes, what/who is the observer?
Does an observer require intelligence? Or a soul?
Or is the Observer something else?
I have now thought that, perhaps, the Observer is Time (as a physical dimension - not as the "notion of" or anything metaphysical like that).
Without Time, there is no observation, and the electron COULD be anywhere around an atom. However, when Time is present, then the electron then exists
in certain locations.
This would also explain multiple universe theories, since Time could also have an "up" and "down" to it - not just the forward and back we exist
through - as well as a "right" and "left". It could be in these other "times" that spawn off from our time-line, that the electrons are
appearing elsewhere in other universes.
This would also explain why we can sometimes see two particles, which are actually just one particle, but there appears to be two of them. It's that
one particle is following one quantum path for this universe, while we're observing the event of the splitting off of another universe where that
quantum path differed. Since one of the particles is "virtual" (does not actually exist in our universe), this is why the laws of mass and energy
conservation are not destroyed in the process.
If this were true, and Wikipedia's estimate of these being 10^79 electrons in the universe is true, and these electrons were the only thing that
skipped around it's area (not passing through space inbetween - simply disappearing and appearing again elsewhere), and then we take the possible
locations for an electron to be in one of 46656000 (360 * 360 * 360) different positions around an nucleus, then the minimum number of other universes
being generated EVERY moment (where a moment is one change in quantum events) would be:
(10^79)^79 * 46656000
or 4.6656 * 10^6248 per moment
Now, you also have to then factor in that regular matter also does this, and that there are billions of these quantum events occuring every second,
and the number of universes generated since the Big Bang is easily larger than a googleplex (1 with a google zeros).
I know this number is insanely large, and that it's increasing evermore, exponentially, every moment. But it's what I'm starting to think may be
the truth - despite it's sheer massiveness.