Act of observation
- Category: Quantum Physics
Theoretically, any of the swarm of infinite possibilities present in the possibility wave can become reality. But only one does. The swarm is then said to have “collapsed” into a particular reality. One of the factors that determine the direction in which the swarm of possibilities collapses is the act of observation. In a quantum universe, phenomena and space and time are affected by the observer. All possibilities exist in the quantum field; the act of observation collapses them into probability.
In the realm of possibility, the electron is not separate from us, from consciousness. It is a possibility of consciousness itself, a material possibility. When consciousness collapses the possibility wave by choosing one of the electron’s possible facets, that facet becomes actuality. So the scientific mind, rather than impartially witnessing objective phenomena, is itself influencing which of the infinite sea of potentials winks into existence as a phenomenon. The agency that transforms possibility into actuality is consciousness. It is a fact that whenever we observe an object, we see a unique actuality, not the entire spectrum of possibilities. Thus, conscious observation is sufficient condition for the collapse of the possibility wave.
This is called the “observer effect.”
A major scientific precedent for managing our outcomes was set by quantum physicists who, when seeking to determine whether light consists of particles or waves, discovered that light invariably behaves in compliance with their experiential expectations. Light always and only behaves like waves in experiments designed to detect waves, yet just as consistently shows up as particles in experiments designed to detect particles. In both cases, experimental outcomes conform to the experimenters’ expectations.
What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.
Living consciousness is somehow central to this process of transforming the unconstructed quantum world into something resembling everyday reality. Reality is not fixed, but fluid, and hence possibly open to influence.