posted on Aug, 4 2008 @ 04:46 PM
Originally posted by Lethil
BTW nohup...do atoms cahnge simply by being conscious and observing them? thats always pickled my brain...ive always thought it was a bad scientific
test...not sure..though...but who is in quantum mechanics?
This is the point where philosophy intersects with physics. From what I understand, if we weren't around to observe things, everything would remain
in a virtual state. That's Schrodinger's Cat. If we don't look in the box, the cat not only might be alive or dead, but for practical purposes it
is both alive and dead at the same time.
And of course we're also dealing with a continuum here. We have a point of view that helps us define our reality, but we're also composed of and
surrounded by tiny, individual cells that also have a point of view and also function to define reality out of virtuality. So we're trapped in our
reality a bit, but also interact with it.
Do atoms change just because I think? Sure. I see a dog on the street. The photons of various energies have bounced off the dog, zoomed through my
eyes and stimulated electrical and chemical reactions on the back of my eye. From there, those electrical signals are routed to various portions of
my brain, other signals are created according to my will
, and rearranged so that I can coordinate my lungs, throat and tongue enough to say,
"That's a dog." It's not automatic. I don't say the word "dog" every time I see one. What makes that happen is my mind, my will, my
We're bombarded by the grosser physical aspects of reality all the time, but there have been some very good studies done that suggest on a very
subtle level that we might have a more direct link between our minds and the external world that is immediately obvious. It's extremely small and
not hugely functional, but sometimes tiny little changes can have huge effects through time -- possibly forward and backward.
[edit on 4-8-2008 by Nohup]