Quantum Theory Demonstrated: Observation Affects Reality (excerpt)
One of the most bizarre premises of quantum theory, which has long fascinated philosophers and physicists alike, states that “by the very act of watching, the observer affects the observed reality”.
In a study reported in the February 26 issue of Nature (Vol. 391, pp. 871-874), researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science have now conducted a highly controlled experiment demonstrating how a beam of electrons is affected by the act of being observed. The experiment revealed that the greater the amount of “watching,” the greater the observer’s influence on what actually takes place.
When a quantum “observer” is watching Quantum mechanics states that particles can also behave as waves. This can be true for electrons at the submicron level, i.e., at distances measuring less than one micron, or one thousandth of a millimeter. When behaving as waves, they can simultaneously pass through several openings in a barrier and then meet again at the other side of the barrier. This “meeting” is known as interference.
Strange as it may sound, interference can only occur when no one is watching. Once an observer begins to watch the particles going through the openings, the picture changes dramatically: if a particle can be seen going through one opening, then it’s clear it didn’t go through another. In other words, when under observation, electrons are being “forced” to behave like particles and not like waves. Thus the mere act of observation affects the experimental findings.
Masaru Emoto Emoto Masaru, July 22, 1943 – October 17, 2014) was a Japanese author, researcher, photographer and entrepreneur, who claimed that human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water. Emoto’s conjecture evolved over the years, and his early work explored his belief that water could react to positive thoughts and words. Emoto believed that water was a “blueprint for our reality” and that emotional “energies” and “vibrations” could change the physical structure of water. Emoto’s water crystal experiments consisted of exposing water in glasses to different words, pictures or music, and then freezing and examining the aesthetic properties of the resulting crystals with microscopic photograph.
In 2008, Emoto published his findings in the Journal f Scientific Exploration , a peer reviewed scientific journal of the Society for Scientific Exploration. The work was conducted and authored by Masaru Emoto and Takashige Kizu of Emoto’s own IHM General Institute, along with Dean Radin and Nancy Lund of the Institute of Noetic Sciences *(The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) is an American non-profit para-psychological research institute. It was co-founded in 1973 by former astronaut Edgar Mitchel_)
Dr. Emoto’s work was featured in the film “What the bleep do we know”, and the water experiments as they are often referenced, are seen as an example of quantum theory in practice. The film “What the bleep do we know” is a great film about quantum theory and its applications, explaining difficult concepts of the cutting edge of science in a simple and humorous way.
Even though Dr. Emoto was criticized about his scientific experiments and methods by some of the members of the scientific community; Dr. Emoto also knew (as most scientist do) that when an experiment is under observation the results can change. Hopefully, further experiments can continue to carry on the research of the work of Dr. Emoto who has passed in 2014.