posted on Aug, 20 2008 @ 04:39 PM
Originally posted by Frankidealist35
If people look at a topic, does it exist, only so far as to when people are looking at it? And when people stop looking at it does it cease to exist
when people have stopped looking at it and not replying to it and then does it exist in the past?
Sometimes a topic will drop off the bottom of the page (below zero point), at which time, since I am no longer observing it, it will revert to a more
virtual state. The act of my observing the topic has a definite effect on it, since the number of "views" changes every time I do, slightly yet
ultimately changing the importance of the topic, itself. My viewing might encourage others to do so, giving it more energy and thus keeping the
thread actual and above zero point.
In this particular forum, however, similar if not identical topics appear at seemingly regular intervals, leading me to suspect that the topics may be
influenced by other, unseen variables beyond my perception.