Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Consciousness and the double-slit interference pattern: Six experiments
by Dean Radin et al.
(published online 16 May 2012)
The following abstract of the paper detailing the results of the influence of consciousness on collapsing the wave-function is directly quoted from the paper:
"Abstract: A double-slit optical system was used to test the possible role of consciousness in the collapse of the quantum wavefunction. The ratio of the interference pattern’s double-slit spectral power to its single-slit spectral power was predicted to decrease when attention was focused toward the double slit as compared to away from it. Each test session consisted of 40 counterbalanced attention-toward and attention-away epochs, where each epoch lasted between 15 and 30 s. Data contributed by 137 people in six experiments, involving a total of 250 test sessions, indicate that on average the spectral ratio decreased as predicted (z=-4:36, p=6·10-6). Another 250 control sessions conducted without observers present tested hardware, software, and analytical procedures for potential artifacts; none were identiﬁed (z=0:43, p=0:67). Variables including temperature, vibration, and signal drift were also tested, and no spurious inﬂuences were identiﬁed. By contrast, factors associated with consciousness, such as meditation experience, electrocortical markers of focused attention, and psychological factors including openness and absorption, signiﬁcantly correlated in predicted ways with perturbations in the double-slit interference pattern. The results appear to be consistent with a consciousness-related interpretation of the quantum measurement problem. 2012 Physics Essays Publication."
Friday, May 25, 2012
Mene, Mene, Tekel u-Pharsin. The writing on the wall. Quantitative measures. Quantity, divided quantities or units of measurement, strict materialism and the founding of society upon materialism and material-based paradigms. The writing on the wall: Mene, Mene, Tekel u-Pharsin. A recite-able mantra, incantation, a spell: a wrathful judgment against steampunk values of a steampunk paradigm. Mene, Mene, Tekel u-Pharsin. The writing's on the wall.