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Seen in the light of the day….   Leave a comment

Light...the cause of reality? Picture: Helmut Dechert/

Light…the cause of reality? Picture: Helmut Dechert/

…. it shows frequently, that things are not really like they seem. Why so? How does reality occur? And what does this have to do with quantum physics? Let’s approach these questions step by step.

You might be familiar with the term „photon “. The light particles, that revealed the wave/particle-state of quants in the double-slit experiment, for example. Those tiny, little guys are responsible for transferring all electromagnetic forces. These are brightness, warmth, magnetism and so on. Further on we know, that they can be teleported, „beamed“ so to speak, and that they are able to transport an impressing amount of information, considering their size.

Load photon emitters “or: „open your eyes! “

It most probably astonished the discovering researchers immensely to learn, that eyes don’t only absorb photons, but emit them aswell! Do you know the feeling of a look in your neck? Most probably, the person looking at you is a very good photon emitter. There are considerations in the meantime, that the question how a look „feels“ has to do with the amount, and pulsation of photons emitted by the person, looking at you.

Even when we think, we measurably emit photons. Experiments have shown that humans concentrating, contemplating or praying emit enormous quantities of photons around their heads. So the gloriole to be seen on paintings of saints may not just be a means of the artist to show the Holiness of someone. Within some areas of the brand-new quantum neuroscience the question is discussed, whether the procedure of seeing possibly represents an interaction of photons rather than only recepting them on the retina and proceeding the information in our visual cortex.

To see and to be seen

Let’s play with the idea for a moment, that seeing could be actually an interaction of photons. What happens?

– You look at something, sending photons at it. These photons carry information already, like for example, what you expect to see.

– The regarded object also emits photons, and/or reflects them.

– In the moment of seeing, the photon jets meet and set free their information. Now your brain is in demand, because it faces the ungrateful task to form a more or less good midpoint from which you expect to see and what actually comes in as information. The more emotions are tied to your expectation, the more „heavy“ it gets, meaning the more it does affect what you eventually see.

– This midpoint computed by your brain, now appears as a picture in your head. Since this is the „process of seeing“, is what you see exactly what is to be seen? Probably not. That might be the reason, why two people looking at the same object can get an entirely different impression of it! It also might be one of the causes for optical delusions or mirages. This effect can be watched very clearly in hallucinations or under hypnosis, where you can make someone see for example blue, whenever the person sees something red. What you expect to see obviously has a lightly stronger influence on what your brain presents you as „real“ than what is really there.

Of course you can use this effect. You might have suspected it already, the question, how you feel about yourself, see yourself, realize yourself… has an enormous influence on how you are realized by others. The reason? See above.

Reality vs. Truth

The word reality is often equated with the term truth. Undoubtedly both are similar, but I doubt that both are accurately the same. Reality occurs, because we realize something and, as a matter of fact, in the way, how we realize it. Being realistic, we must confess, that what we call reality is a very subjective and personal impression of what is existing. Why are we so eager on producing an objective, or at least widely as such accepted reality? The answer is very easy: On what do we react? What are we dealing with? Correctly! With what we consider as to be real. If we are conditioned on what is allowed to be real and what is not, by education for example, our behaviour becomes marvelousely more computable. Unfortunately we give up a lot of freedom with this comfortable, unreflected repeating of what we were taught to consider as real.

On the quantum level one could say, the „detectors for photonic information“, our eyes, are „turned down and adjusted“ from our very young age on, until only such is left to be realized as true, what is allowed to be true. But absolutely everything is around us and also within us, be we aware of it or not, as the enlightened-ones of mankind taught us throughout ages and still do. Wait a minute!… Enlightened-ones? ….Photons?? ….Yes, my love, my dearest soul, you are right! Continue the thought and take the liberty back, to enjoy ALL light of which you are capable of to realize. Take your liberty back to shine, to reflect and to see. Maybe the so-called „light of reality“ comes from within us? Maybe it is this very light, that allows us to see, what we see? In this case, WE OURSELVES allow us to see, well, what we are allowed to allow us at least. So many things are restricted in this world. Maybe it would be a good start, if we freed ourselves from the restrictions on how to see this wonderful, scary, magical, raydiant world in the first place, and try to make it a better place afterwards. Why? Because we might find out, that it is already better than anything, we ever dreamt of. We just hadn’t realized yet. And in improving it, as we thought, we cause severe damage, for you can’t improve, what is perfect already.


Veröffentlicht 5. Oktober 2015 von Ina Ewers in Quantumphysics

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The observer’s effect – you realize your reality   Leave a comment

Sunrise or sunset? It's in the eye of the observer. Picture: Rainer Brückner/

Sunrise or sunset? It’s in the eye of the observer. Picture: Rainer Brückner/

„Bought, as seen, “„to see and to be seen “, „as I see it….“, oh yes, the observer’s effect is very present in our language. In quantum physics it is one of the very important bases, a reliable source for certain frustrations and a starting point for a frightening reality concept. A scene from the film „matrix “occurs to me, which is very descriptive for what the observer’s effect actually is. Do you remember, when „Neo“ waits to meet the Oracle? In the waiting area sits a small boy dressed like a Buddhist monk. In his hand a spoon, which turns and winds. Neo watches the whole scenery fascinated, and the boy asks him to try it aswell. Highly concentrated, Neo (played by Keanu Reeves) focuses the spoon and tries to bend it with his thoughts, in vain. And here we are, attention please!

The boy says correspondingly to Neo: „Don’t try to bend the spoon with your thoughts, for that is not possible. Simply try to imagine the truth instead. The spoon does not exist. It is just there, because you see it and how you see it. Bend your thoughts, and the spoon will follow“ Neo glances relaxed at the spoon….which begins to bend and wind! I rarely saw a more descriptive representation of what the observer’s effect actually is. We know about it as scientificly proven on the quantum level only so far. Since the quantum level however is the basis for everything existing, this effect might very soon draw attention to itsself in additional and larger areas aswell.

Strictly speaking, quantum physics does not produce evident results…

… for the comparative part, which is extremely important in science, is here missing. In the macro sciences the denominations won in an experiement are always compared with the neutral ones. So why isn’t it done like that in quantum sciences aswell? Good point! The catch is, that the observer effects a quantum system by observing it allready. What is observation actually? Of course, if someone looks at something, one observes it. But that’s just half of the story. If we listen to something, or are even just aware of it, we also observe! It is indeed impossible to win quiescent denominations of quantum systems, because one would have to observe it, without observing it. Even just the intention, to ask „how? “and „why?“ works on quantum level as effecting observation already. We could say in summary, whenever someone somehow directs attention with the demand to experience or to not experience something, observation takes place.

This effect made some scientists assume, that our reality might only exist, because we are aware of it. That means in plain language: We have to look at something, in order to find something to be seen. And the way, how we look at something, influences heavily, what we see. Firstly, the world of sciences considered those, having set up such a statement to be freaks and thought this was pretty hilarious. The revolutionary observations made in the last years however ensured that the laughs got very rare recently. In the meantime this consideration is no longer doubted in principle. All that’s left is to actually investigate, how extensively this effect is working.

A strange and sometimes frightening impact of this effect might be familiar to most of us: In traffic for example, another car or a pedestrian suddenly seems to emerge out of nowhere right in front of our bonnet. Possibly this happens, because we were simply not aware of the other one. In our world, our reality, this other one actually does emerge out of nowhere. Since it is to be doubted more and more that there is an objective, independently from ourselves existing reality at all… finish the sentence for yourself, if you are courageous enough.

„The eye of the observer “ is crucial

We had read above, „what and what “and „as and as “, meaning what we want (fear, refuse, hope…) to see determines what we see, how we want to see it determines, how we realize it. The media might be great friends of the observer’s effect, because we see the world exactly, how they show it. Our attention is not only drawn to selected incidents, it is also „shaped“, meaning we get „directions“ on how to realize them. Like this, my friends, life circumstances and also history are created in a very active and intentional manner. If we react to a possible scenario with fear, then we ensure that it happens. We are aware of it, so it gets real. It seizes, you suspected it already, the observer’s effect again. The whole trick works like this: What is fear? Fear is, correctly described, a violent reaction of refusal coupled with a reflex to fight or to flee. Am I right? For acting this out, whatever frightens us has to be right in front of us first! If one scolded as many minds as possible into this process, the whole thing turns into a no-brainer, creating the intended reality. We are made to create what we fear, in order to be frightened of it! What was sold to us as possible result of a development, a potential threat, is set into action by ourselves. Greetings from the observer’s effect. Not very fair, if I was asked. Fair is however that this of course works into the positive direction aswell, and just as effectively.

How about the increasing discoveries in astrophysics? Progressing technology made it possible to look deeper into the universe and new star systems are discovered regularly. Now, could this mysterious effect seize again here? Who observes? Are we observed? There is a hypothesis, which I personally find very fascinating: The universe and everything within only exists, because someone is aware of it all! Consequently, the universe is awareness itself. With the view into the infinite widths, we might see the (in-)direct proof for the existence of God, or the Gods, for it takes a God’s „ superconsciousness “, to be aware of all this. It speaks for this idea that the universe mostly adheres to the laws of nature, but not always. It confirms furthermore what you hear sometimes from astrophysicists or cosmologists, that the universe in its behavior seems to have an intention or to follow an intention. If we explored the observer’s effect more deeply, because we assumed that it might be substantially more fundamental than considered, excitement would be guaranteed.

„Change the view and you change the reality “

A conclusion from the observer’s effect could read pretty much like that. Even if it is not finally proven yet, we do know about this posssible conclusion not only from science fiction films. There are experiments, which suggest at least the acceptance of the view having an impact on reality. As an example: Cancer patients were asked whether they would like to participate in an attempt. After their agreement „triggers“ were appointed, like a symbol, a number, or just the name of the patient connected to it. A group of students only knew about the patients, that they were in hospital, that was all. These students now concentrated each day for 10 minutes on visualizing „their“ patients to be happy and healthy. Some „miracle“ occurred, it was reported that the cancer patients withstood the normally very arduous and sorrowful chemotherapy substantially better, than expected. This „better withstanding “ went that far that one patient even doubted at all, that he received medicication! This all provably happened because they were visualized as healthy and fit by five young people during the chemotherapy. In „the chemo-reference group “there was no other patient, who showed such deviations from the normal process. The attempt was a so-called „double-blind study “, that means, neither the patients nor the test conductors knew, who was „visualized through“ the therapy and who wasn’t.

That we feel, when someone thinks of us, that we litterally heal internally, when someone whishes us luck in a heartfelt way, may not be fancy but simply physics, as it seems. That life and the world appear to us as we look at them, obviously aswell. We should better be careful, with what and how we think. About us and also about others. It seems, as if the observer’s effect could lend us more power, than we know and like. At the end of the day, the boss might just be such a twit, because we see him like this? We will continue discussing this fascinating subject, trust me! Because as I see it….

Veröffentlicht 4. September 2015 von Ina Ewers in Quantumphysics

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Why must it be Quantumphysics!?   Leave a comment

Dancing lights...Waves? Particles? Both? Let's agree on: entirely beautiful. Bild: Kerstin Schwebel/

Dancing lights..waves? particles? Both? Let’s agree on beautiful. Bild: Kerstin Schwebel/

It feels to me like I was asked this question approximately 1583 times. What is most fascinating to me about quantum physics is the fact, that it redefines the term „logical “. In quantum physics many things are logical, by being consequently illogical. There seems to be nothing, which is not somehow possible in the world of quants. Think of Einstein’s famous „spooky interactions at distance “, for example: Quants are able to interact independent from space and time. The best is: The quantum theory does not match with the General Theory Of Relativity at all, yet it cannot do without it either!

It seems, as if they would supplement eachother, although they contradict to a large extent. It was Einstein, one of the most passionate opponents of non-determinism (a fundamental consideration in quantum theories) who made important contributions to quantum physics. He received the Nobel Prize 1921 for having discovered the Photoelectric effect, one of the important cornerstones of the quantum theory. A further contribution is the EPR, the Einstein Podolsky Rosen Paradox, which supports the idea of non-locality in quantum theories, much to Einstein’s discomfort, by the way.

Do you know Schroedinger’s cat?

Freely admitted, the attempt to dissolve this thought experiment nearly makes you snap. Here’s a short summary, so that you’ll see, what I mean.

A cat sits in a locked crate, in it a phial with poison. This phial is connected with a little hammer that will break the phial, when a radioactive substance disintegrated completely. Each hour, one atom could disintegrate, but none aswell. If someone should measure the radiation, the phial is destroyed. If someone looks into the crate, the phial is destroyed. What about the cat? Is it alive or dead? Potentially it is both at the same time. If one checks, it is definitely dead, for opening the crate will destroy the phial.

Schrödinger developed that mental image, to explain the wave-particle duality of quants. As long as the quantum system is uninfluenced, it is potentially in wave-particle condition at the same time. Just like the cat, who can be both, potentially alive and dead, in its locked crate. Only if an influence occurs, by an observer for example, the quantum system collapses into a defined condition.

Heisenberg makes the quantum chaos perfect

Heisenberg’s Theory Of Uncertainity is a further cornerstone of the quantum theories. Expressed very simply it says: An observer of a quantum system can win in each case just an indistinct picture of the system: Either it can be known where the particle is, then it is unknown, how quickly and where to it moves, or the parameters of movement are known, then however, its position is unclear. Confusing? Actually not! Do not try to classify this consideration as to be logical in the common sense. Let it affect your mind unfocused and you will get an idea on what Heisenberg means.

That is exactly what constitutes my fascination for quantum physics: It requires a new way of thinking, new seizing, which is not so easily to be done in the logical-arithmetic ways of the classical sciences.

In this category you’ll meet some of my favourite physicists. Added with theories and approaches, which particularly inspire me and of course, you might have suspected it already, I’ll offer my own considerations to you. You will see for example, why I believe that we all use quantum physics constantly, while communicating, for example. Got curious? Fair enough! Come back soon.

Veröffentlicht 3. September 2015 von Ina Ewers in Quantumphysics

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