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&$rAfter 3 decades of trying to make classical theory work, in the 1920s physicists replaced it with quantum theory ss(vHowever, quantum theory turned out to be purely mathematical&
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It represents the probability that a specific event will be observed by the observer using a specific type of apparatus (e.g., an electron detector, or the visual sense).
It describes all of the possible events that could be observed, but cannot predict which event will actually be observed.BP8jB
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At the moment of observation, the wavefunction changes irreversibly from a description of all of the possibilities that could be observed to a description of only the event that is observed.
This is called wavefunction collapse.$,"
The next observationnAfter an observation and wavefunction collapse, a new wavefunction emerges.
It represents all of the possibilities that are allowed by the previous observation.
Another observation results in another wavefunction collapse, etc.
In this theory, there are no objects. There is nothing but a stream of observations, represented by a sequence of wavefunction collapses."oZPThe mind Your mind consists of one stream of observations.
My mind consists of another stream of observations.
When our observations are simultaneous, they result from the same sequence of wavefunction collapses.
However, the wavefunction represents all possibilities and therefore predicts only the probability, not the certainty, that you will observe something. Similarly for me .
It does not guarantee that what you see is the same thing that I see.8PH,
For example& & suppose you and I set up an apparatus to drop no more than one B-B onto a table top (all described by the wavefunction), but we don t know in advance where it settles on the table top.
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But, Einstein s special theory of relativity says that no physical effect can travel with a velocity greater than the velocity of light.
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& can ensure that what you observe is consistent with what I observe no matter how far apart we are?
$5A possibility that physicists do not like to consider66(Awareness might cause wavefunction collapse.
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We think they should not be the way they are&
& so we try to control them.
The more we try to control them, the more separate from them we feel.$@We feel separate from the world& !!(We think it should not be the way it is&
& so we try to control it.
The more we try to control it, the more separate from it we feel.$'What does physics say about separation?(((Until the late 1800s, it was thought that all matter could be described by classical physics, which was a theory of separate, independent, observable objects.
The theory was thought to describe objects as they were, so&
& no interpretation of the theory was needed.
Western culture is a culture of separation, as was the culture of classical physics!^^But& 0Classical physics could not explain certain experiments.
It turned out that something was wrong with the basic assumption that matter consists of separate, independent, observable objects.
&$rAfter 3 decades of trying to make classical theory work, in the 1920s physicists replaced it with quantum theory ss(vHowever, quantum theory turned out to be purely mathematical&
& and it was not immediately obvious how to relate the mathematics to our observations.
An interpretation was needed for this.$8There are several interpretations used in quantum theory99+RPhysicists use different interpretations for different purposes.
But in none of them is separation real&
& so, if we feel separate, we still live in a pre-quantum world!
6A$($A$ BThe most widely used interpretation: the Copenhagen interpretationCC(In this interpretation, the only thing that is assumed to exist prior to an observation is a mathematical wavefunction that exists over all space.
It represents the probability that a specific event will be observed by the observer using a specific type of apparatus (e.g., an electron detector, or the visual sense).
It describes all of the possible events that could be observed, but cannot predict which event will actually be observed.NP8jB
Wavefunction collapse
At the moment of observation, the wavefunction changes irreversibly from a description of all of the possibilities that could be observed to a description of only the event that is observed.
This is called wavefunction collapse.$,"
The next observationnAfter an observation and wavefunction collapse, a new wavefunction emerges.
It represents all of the possibilities that are allowed by the previous observation.
Another observation results in another wavefunction collapse, etc.
In this theory, there are no objects. There is nothing but a stream of observations, represented by a sequence of wavefunction collapses."oZPThe mind Your mind consists of one stream of observations.
My mind consists of another stream of observations.
When our observations are simultaneous, they result from the same sequence of wavefunction collapses.
However, the wavefunction represents all possibilities and therefore predicts only the probability, not the certainty, that you will observe something. Similarly for me .
It does not guarantee that what you see is the same thing that I see.8PH,
For example& & suppose you and I set up an apparatus to drop no more than one B-B onto a table top (all described by the wavefunction), but we don t know in advance where it settles on the table top.
Now, suppose you and I simultaneously observe the table top.
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We think they should not be the way they are&
& so we try to control them.
The more we try to control them, the more separate from them we feel.$@We feel separate from the world& !!(We think it should not be the way it is&
& so we try to control it.
The more we try to control it, the more separate from it we feel.$'What does physics say about separation?(((Until the late 1800s, it was thought that all matter could be described by classical physics, which was a theory of separate, independent, observable objects.
The theory was thought to describe objects as they were, so&
& no interpretation of the theory was needed.
Western culture is a culture of separation, as was the culture of classical physics!^^But& 0Classical physics could not explain certain experiments.
It turned out that something was wrong with the basic assumption that matter consists of separate, independent, observable objects.
&$rAfter 3 decades of trying to make classical theory work, in the 1920s physicists replaced it with quantum theory ss(vHowever, quantum theory turned out to be purely mathematical&
& and it was not immediately obvious how to relate the mathematics to our observations.
An interpretation was needed for this.$8There are several interpretations used in quantum theory99+RPhysicists use different interpretations for different purposes.
But in none of them is separation real&
& so, if we feel separate, we still live in a pre-quantum world!
6A$($A$ BThe most widely used interpretation: the Copenhagen interpretationCC(In this interpretation, the only thing that is assumed to exist prior to an observation is a mathematical wavefunction that exists over all space.
It represents the probability that a specific event will be observed by the observer using a specific type of apparatus (e.g., an electron detector, or the visual sense).
It describes all of the possible events that could be observed, but cannot predict which event will actually be observed.NP8jB
Wavefunction collapse
At the moment of observation, the wavefunction changes irreversibly from a description of all of the possibilities that could be observed to a description of only the event that is observed.
This is called wavefunction collapse.$,"
The next observationnAfter an observation and wavefunction collapse, a new wavefunction emerges.
It represents all of the possibilities that are allowed by the previous observation.
Another observation results in another wavefunction collapse, etc.
In this theory, there are no objects. There is nothing but a stream of observations, represented by a sequence of wavefunction collapses."oZPThe mind Your mind consists of one stream of observations.
My mind consists of another stream of observations.
When our observations are simultaneous, they result from the same sequence of wavefunction collapses.
However, the wavefunction represents all possibilities and therefore predicts only the probability, not the certainty, that you will observe something. Similarly for me .
It does not guarantee that what you see is the same thing that I see.8PH,
For example& & suppose you and I set up an apparatus to drop no more than one B-B onto a table top (all described by the wavefunction), but we don t know in advance where it settles on the table top.
Now, suppose you and I simultaneously observe the table top.
What prevents you from seeing a B-B at one place on the table while I see it in a different place?
4iZp
.Consistency requires that collapse be nonlocal//(The Copenhagen interpretation requires that wavefunction collapse happens over all space simultaneously so that your observations are consistent with my observations, no matter how far apart we are. This is called nonlocal collapse.
But, Einstein s special theory of relativity says that no physical effect can travel with a velocity greater than the velocity of light.
Thus, there is no physical explanation for anything that happens over all space simultaneously, so there is no physical mechanism for nonlocal collapse.
Therefore, nonlocal collapse can only result from a nonphysical mechanism.\P\,$ What is it that& r& is nonphysical and can cause collapse to occur over all space simultaneously?
& can ensure that what you observe is consistent with what I observe no matter how far apart we are?
$5A possibility that physicists do not like to consider66(It might be Awareness that causes wavefunction collapse.
Awareness is not an object. It is what is aware of objects.
Since It is not an object, It cannot be observed.
Because It is not an object, It cannot be localized in space and time. Therefore, It is nonlocal.
Because It is nonlocal, It could collapse the wavefunction so that what you observe is consistent with what I observe.P," AP The subjective interpretation: An alternative interpretation of quantum theoryQQ(!In this interpretation, there is no objective reality, no objective wavefunction, no wavefunction collapse, and no problem of nonlocality.
There is only subjective experience.
The wavefunction is merely a tool for calculating the probability that something will be observed (experienced).
PD+bDHowever, in either interpretation& ##(Each mind appears to be separate from every other mind.
But, if your mind is really separate from my mind, what allows your mind to communicate with my mind? Why isn t separation absolute?
Answer: We can communicate with each other because we only appear to be separate.
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.Consistency requires that collapse be nonlocal//(The Copenhagen interpretation requires that wavefunction collapse happens over all space simultaneously so that your observations are consistent with my observations, no matter how far apart we are. This is called nonlocal collapse.
But, Einstein s special theory of relativity says that no physical effect can travel with a velocity greater than the velocity of light.
Thus, there is no physical explanation for anything that happens over all space simultaneously, so there is no physical mechanism for nonlocal collapse.
Therefore, nonlocal collapse can only result from a nonphysical mechanism.\P\,$ What is it that& r& is nonphysical and can cause collapse to occur over all space simultaneously?
& can ensure that what you observe is consistent with what I observe no matter how far apart we are?
$5A possibility that physicists do not like to consider66(It might be Awareness that causes wavefunction collapse.
Awareness is not an object. It is what is aware of objects.
Since It is not an object, It cannot be observed.
Because It is not an object, It cannot be localized in space and time. Therefore, It is nonlocal.
Because It is nonlocal, It could collapse the wavefunction so that what you observe is consistent with what I observe.P," AP The subjective interpretation: An alternative interpretation of quantum theoryQQ(!In this interpretation, there is no objective reality, no objective wavefunction, no wavefunction collapse, and no problem of nonlocality.
There is only subjective experience.
The wavefunction is merely a tool for calculating the probability that something will be observed (experienced).
PD+bDHowever, in either interpretation& ##(Each mind appears to be separate from every other mind.
But, if your mind is really separate from my mind, what allows your mind to communicate with my mind? Why isn t separation absolute?
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