posted on May, 15 2012 @ 07:01 PM
reply to post by theukbloke
Well DUh you missed the bleeding obvious. How do you know where the observed electron is? In order to determine where anything is, even an electron,
you have to extract information from that "system". Typically we bombard things with light and observe the light reflected off the object to
determine where it is.
So the moment we can determine where an electron is we MUST have interfered with it. This quite obviously changes its behaviour or rather how it
behaves after the observation point.
The graphic is completely misleading giving you the impression nothing interfered with the "observed" electrons and therefore "knew" it was being
observed.
The very same bad thinking has people running around with dead and alive cats at the same time. Sorry but no. If I have a single box and one cat and
one particle with a half life of one hour and wait for an hour what is the state of the cat? Simple......it has a 50:50 chance of being alive or
dead. But some folks (especially physicists) HATE not knowing which and so since it is purely random assume it must be both at the same time otherwise
surely they would be able to work out which.......their mistake.
If I had a million cats and waited for an hour you would have half a million dead and half a million alive plus or minus a few hundred. The more cats
the closer number gets to exactly half. Exactly the same as tossing a coin.
Now this gaussian distribution of decay also applies to position and thus we get the misleading description that an electron (passing through a slit)
can end up everywhere in the universe at the same time......erm NO. It is possible for it to be anywhere in the universe but we can't say exactly
where. What do know is it is 99.9999999999999% likely to be exactly where we expect it to be. Again think of a coin. I could toss it a million times
and get a million heads, perfectly possible. But likely ? not a chance in hell!
edit on 15-5-2012 by yorkshirelad because: spelling