reply to post by steve95988
Only replying because you used the double slit experiment.
Lets clear something up about that, ok?
The double slit experiment proves that photons and objects as large as buckyballs, can act as a wave and a particle at the same time. Namely, when
you aren't "observing" them, the photon goes through both slits, interfering with itself, creating an interference pattern. This is a fact. Once
you observe them, they behave like a single particle should, going through either 1 slit, or the other, or bouncing off.
Now lets explain the "observer"
This doesn't mean you watching this take place changes it. It doesn't at all. BUT.... the act of observing this requires measurements, and you can
not observe, say, a photon, without equipment. This equipment, to us, doesn't physically make contact with the object, but in reality, it does.
Something as simple as a stray electron, to the photon, is "the observer"
This has nothing to do with you, your brain, or anything else. It's the simple fact that, single empty space isn't really empty, you are indeed
physically "touching" the photon with your meter for detection.
That's what the double slit experiement means by the "observer". Now of course, you can argue that only a person would setup the measurement
device, thus making them the "observer" as obviously, it's them observing the results. But it's not their thought that influences the particle,
it's the act of measuring it.
If you set this experiment up without something measuring the particle before it hits the screen, it acts like a wave, if you place a measurement
device in there, it acts like a particle, as the measuring device is "observing" the particle in such that to measure it, you have to interact with
it, thus changing the result.
anyways... I like your very self centered view of the world, I think a lot of people have entertained that notion. In fact a recent episode of the
simpson's played that out as a joke.
Homer is at Moes with Carl and Lenny, Homer leaves, and Moe turns to Carl and Lenny and says "Well, Homer is gone, lets all go into suspended
animation until he returns" then they just sit there frozen til the scene changes.