Has Science discovered that God is real? – Part 6
Posted on: December 31, 2015. Comments ( 3 )

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This defeats the argument specified in Step 7: The argument was that the electron waves always collapse once it hits the crystal and subsequently becomes a particle, regardless of the presence of a conscious observer.

Now, it seems the electron wave collapses only if we place a detector directly and detect the photon which allows us to say which slit the electron went through.

However, if we alter the setup by introducing a pair of opposite-facing mirrors and then a crystal and a detector —which does not allow us to tell which slit the electron went through—then the electron goes as a wave and creates an interference pattern.

Here comes Consciousness:

The difference between the two setups is that, in one, concrete knowledge can be obtained and in the other it is not so. Remember knowledge makes sense only with a conscious observer. One setup can lead a conscious observer to posses the knowledge of the path of the electron, whereas the other does not.

From this you can also say that the setup/apparatus indicates the intention of the observer. If the observer wants to find out the path that an electron takes, then he/she sets it up with a direct detector. Furthermore, it also looks like the electron behaves like a particle if the observer’s intention is to find out the path, in which case, the electron chooses a concrete path by behaving as a particle.

If the observer sets up the experiment in such a way that he/she cannot discern the path of the electron, then the electron chooses to be a wave and travels through both the slits.

Does that mean if the behavior of the electron depends on or is influenced by the presence and intention of a conscious observer and not just the setup of the experiment?

Well, the surprise does not stop here!

Surprise 3:

In trying to answer the question, some suggested the possibility of the existence of an unknown mechanism by which the photon is able to tell the electron how it is being detected and the electron accordingly changing its wave/particle behavior.

What if there is a message being communicated by the photon instantaneously (though nothing can travel faster than light, for now we will assume it is possible) to the electron?

Scientists thought of the possibility and changed the setup a bit, to fool the electron.

Step 9:

Remember the setup in Step 7.

Let us assume that it takes the electron 5 nano seconds to hit the screen after it passes through the crystal in one of the slits.

Now, at the time it hits the crystal, it emits a photon. Let us assume the photon also takes exactly 5 nano seconds to hit the detector.

In other words, both the electron and the photon hit their respective targets at the same moment.

Now, what if we move the photon detector a bit farther and capture the photon, say after 8 Nano seconds.

In other words, the photon hits the detector only after the electron hits the screen.

The electron however, at the time of hitting the screen, does not know if the photon is going to be used to detect the path of the electron.

In other words, as observers, in this new setup, we will get the knowledge of whether the electron went through a slit or not, but only after the electron has hit the screen. However, it is certain that we will get this knowledge, though in the future.

Here is the surprise: The electron has somehow learnt that an observer will know its path in the future, and so chooses to be a particle and goes through one of the slits in the past.

How?

Even bigger surprise:

Step 10:

Do the same but with the setup in Step 8. Move the mirror, crystal and the detector so that the photon will hit the detector after the electron has already hit the screen.

Surprisingly, the electron creates an interference pattern.

Somehow, the electron seems to know that even in the future, the observer cannot gain the knowledge of the path of the electron and so it goes like a wave in the past.

How?

How does the electron know in the past, the intention of the observer in the future?

What does Past and Future mean to the electron? Is there a meaning at all?

It is as if the electron takes the form of a particle in the present, if it learns that an observer in the future is going to detect if it is was particle in the past. How does the electron know the intention of the observer in the future?

Well, it seems, TIME as we know it, does not make any sense at the level of an electron.

Does that mean, for the electron, past, present and future are all the same?

All classical knowledge we have had so far breaks down at quantum level. This is where scientists are breaking their head with the question:

If the electron behaves differently based on the intent of the conscious observer, then shouldn’t we have to bring consciousness into the realm of science?

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Comments (3)

 

  1.  
    Asha Rawat Rawat says:

    Beautifully explained… really thought provoking..

  2.  
    T Arun Senthil says:

    Hi ,
    Thank you. Very Nice explanation. I believe only Physicists / Qualified Persons might be able to Infer from this and validate this ..

  3.  
    Vijaykumar says:

    All the 6 parts were very interesting to read. Very nicely explained.


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