When a property of an electron switches from possibility to reality.

The collapse of the wave function actually means materialization - Comment on 2013 January 29

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Quantum theory tells us that an unobserved small object exists only in a blurry, unpredictable state, with no well-defined location or motion until the moment it is observed. When a property of an electron suddenly switches from possibility to reality, some physicists say its wave function has collapsed. Read more:

On this website I have always been busy collecting quotations about quantum mechanics because I found them fascinating, but also because I tried to build up a better understanding of this subject.

Now today I finished yesterday’s entry 2013 Jan 28 – Magnetic fields heat up the corona of the Sun and as I was doing so I also started to read the webpages I listed as links on yesterday’s webpage and so came to the webpage 2012 May 23 (2) – Consciousness forms physical matter and there two passages caught my attention:

Results do depend on whether anyone is observing. This is perhaps most vividly illustrated by the famous two-slit experiment. When someone watches a subatomic particle or a bit of light pass through the slits, the particle behaves like a bullet, passing through one hole or the other. But if no one observes the particle, it exhibits the behavior of a wave that can inhabit all possibilities - including somehow passing through both holes at the same time.

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Quantum theory tells us that an unobserved small object (for instance, an electron or a photon - a particle of light) exists only in a blurry, unpredictable state, with no well-defined location or motion until the moment it is observed. This is Werner Heisenberg’s famous uncertainty principle. Physicists describe the phantom, not-yet-manifest condition as a wave function, a mathematical expression used to find the probability that a particle will appear in any given place. When a property of an electron suddenly switches from possibility to reality, some physicists say its wave function has collapsed.

Now the difference between the two situations has become very clear to me. There is first the situation where no observation takes place and there the entire thing is just an idea, or a mathematical function. And the second situation is when an observation is done and then, only then, a materialization takes place - matter is created.

So what physicists call the collapse of the wave function is actually a materialization.

Here we have again the problems that are created when different terms are used for the same spiritual thing. And quantum mechanics has very much to do with spiritual things. So also here it is a matter to find out what the meaning of a specific term, here for example in natural science, is in a completely different school of thought.

 

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