Haha, im just fuckin with ya. Lets talk science!

If there is currently nothing observing the world behind you, everything behind you may not exist. And I can prove it.

Warning: There is a lot of science ahead. If you want the quick version, just read the parts between ----------- <-- those lines.

The Copenhagen Interpretation is probably the most widely accepted explanation for the observations made through quantum mechanics. I will use 2 different experiments to try and explain to you what I mean.

The Double Slit Experiment: The Double Slit Experiment shows that an electron(when not being observed), fired at a wall with two slits in it, will sometimes go through one slit, sometimes through the other, and sometimes it will go through both slits simultaneously (meaning, a single thing will be in two places at once). BUT, when the electron is observed in this experiment, it will act like a normal electron and shoots through one slit or the other(never both).

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When a camera observed the electrons, they acted as particles. However, when no equipment was used to observe the electrons, they acted as waves and particles simultaneously. Scientists have concluded that the only logical explanation for this is that electrons know when they are being watched, and as a result act differently then they would when they are not being observed.

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The 2002 Photon experiment: in 2002, a group of researchers set up the experiment in a way that the electron could not possibly receive information about the existence of an observing instrument. The setup was on a much smaller scale: a single photon was emitted and an interferometer(basically a camara that observes particle behavior) was either inserted or not inserted.

The insertion of the interferometer took only 40 nanoseconds (ns) while it would take 160 ns for the information about the configuration to travel from the interferometer to reach the photon before it entered the slits. This means in order for the photon to “know” if it was being watched, that information would have to travel at 4 times the speed of light, which we all know is impossible.

The results? The photons acted like particles 93% of the time that they were observed. Even if the photon “guessed” the configuration each time, statistically speaking it would never have more than 52% accuracy. In scientific experiments, a 93% success rate is as conclusive as they come.

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Electrons are aware they are being watched even if they can not directly see their observers. Look at a star in the sky; even though it doesnt directly know your watching, it still knows it is being observed by something, somewhere in the universe.

So what does this all mean? It means that Electrons, matter, everything, is self aware of itself and of its surroundings. It means that observing can possibly effect macroscopic events(things we can physically see with our eyes). That chair behind you? If you look at it, it behaves normally as a chair should. But when you turn around, its completely possible that the chair doesnt act like a chair at all. Of course, we have no way of testing this, because all of our data comes from what we observe. But when you turn around again, the chair will be sitting there just like it always does when you observe it. Knowing this all to be true, how can you say that anything behind you exists at all? It only exists when you observe it. Reality is only what we perceive, and what the universe wants us to see.

So, Toy Story doesnt seem so far fetched anymore, does it?

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Comments

 
Sat, 08/13/2011 - 7:29pm
yoinkie Says:

I now realize that the lines are messed up, and dont really show you the quick version. Fuck it, just read it all, science wont hurt you.

 
 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 10:28pm

I dunno, science touched me once when I was a little kid.

 
 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 10:50pm
meowow Says:
 
 
Fri, 08/19/2011 - 11:46am

Hey Yoinkie, keep on dreaming up awesome ones brotha! What I really enjoy about your HighDEAs is that they do indeed require some deeper level of thinking. User participation here! These are not a lectures you create, you invite us to join your open forum discussion....the way it should be.

As for all these idiots who so fully seem do disagree with you, even call you out for being dumb for thinking this; I hope they wake up one day. If they weren't taught it in school then it doesn't exist. It must be a small little world, a tight box so to speak, if they cannot think beyond their visual senses. I pity da fool who don't expand their minds.

 
 
Sun, 08/21/2011 - 5:06pm

so the reason we never disappear is because were always here to observe ourselves?

 
 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 11:54pm

im sorry but i feel like my dumb shit brother came up with this.. how does something not exist behind you when another person could be standing behind you and see what you claim not to be in existence ? fuck shit ass post
yur stoand

 
 
Tue, 08/16/2011 - 12:03am

he said when its just being observed, doesn't mean its being observed by u
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on a side note, I thought this theory was proved wrong. For something to be observed, there has to be light. So it's really just light having an effect on the electrons (or whatever they are) and that causes them to change whatever it is they're doing from the light hitting it. Idk, i heard this somewhere before and can't really remember right.

 
 
Tue, 08/16/2011 - 12:09am
yoinkie Says:

well, these experiments were both conducted in a well lit room, without any outside forces to effect the results in anyway. So it was isolated to either being observed, or not being observed; no other factors were changed. As far as I know, The Copenhagen Interpretation is one of the most widely accepted and respected explanations. Now, there may be something else effecting these electrons(think unseen, dark matter-esque)that we do not understand yet or arent capable of knowing. But as of now, the only thing affecting this experiment is observation.

 
 
Tue, 08/16/2011 - 2:36am

false you can observe stuff without light you have four other senses that do not require light to be used

 
 
Tue, 08/16/2011 - 11:59am
 
 
Tue, 08/16/2011 - 12:04am
yoinkie Says:

"If there is currently nothing observing the world behind you, everything behind you may not exist." That was the second sentence of this post. It wasnt hidden, nor was it worded too difficult to understand.

Im in a good mood, so ill leave it at that. Consider yourself lucky, I usually dont tolerate being called out by idiots who cant spell "stoned". GOOD DAY!

 
 
Tue, 08/16/2011 - 10:32am
NickGir Says:

okay since you're kinda being a dick. even by saying i dont want to be a dick. hes saying something like what if two people are in complete emptyness (and you can see for example another human or hear another human) but the catch is you are both permanently back to back (not touching eachother and you cant turn your head) but more like an axle on a car with two wheels the "pole" connecting them back to back but at a 7 foot distance. the other person can say something but since we cant OBSERVE it we dont really know its there. but we can hear it so we do know its there. it could just be our minds fucking with us but there is actually someone there in this experiment. now if we were to say they were communicating with eachother about what they see can they say they are visually observing everything in front of them and aurally observe everything behind them? so in that sense can we actually see everything within a certain distance? other people can be dicks too except in this case im not saying im not gonna be a dick then actually being a dick.

 
 
Tue, 08/16/2011 - 1:21pm
NoAir Says:

Still doesn't make sense. What this experiment is saying is that if a chair(or any other object) that's behind you knows that no one is observing it, then it will act diffrent. But what if you walk backwards into the chair and sit down without looking, I bet it will still be a chair

 
 
Tue, 08/16/2011 - 9:56pm

I don't think a chair can "know" anything. It's just a chair. Unless.. it's really something that's disguised as a chair, and it turns into a chair when being observed!! Dude, I feel like a real genius right now xD

 
 
Sun, 09/25/2011 - 11:55am
da.fonz Says:

True.. so for the sake of this post, I guess another question is weather there is a difference how single protons act, vs. Many together? Like this posts concept vs the chair

 
 
Tue, 08/16/2011 - 12:31am

Youre a fucking retard. Learn to read/interpret what youre reading! It doesnt have to be you observing it. If anyone is observing it it will act normally. Quit being a fucking troll you faggot.

 
 
Wed, 08/17/2011 - 12:22pm
NickGir Says:

stop being a dick you can observe things without your eyes you can observe things with your butt too. so if youre in an empty room with a chair and turned away from it as your backing onto it it will be *different* untill that moment you "observe" aka sit on it. which is stupid because it prolly doesnt. and for the most part you can look at it like the willy wonka shrink ray... anything you arent observing is just a million different parrticles floating until you observe it and then its not.

 
 
Tue, 08/16/2011 - 12:35am

who the fuck isnt stoned here ? ..
DuMb ShIt DUhh *!

 
 
Tue, 08/16/2011 - 1:46am

This makes so much sense, great post man. So think.. what if we were open to the possibilities of things not doing what they were supposed to do. Say, for instance, that it wasn't the fact they we're being observed that was causing the electrons (or anything) to behave "according to the rules", but rather that they were being observed by something that felt there were intense rules that everything adhered to. So it wasn't the act of observation, but instead strict, rulebound observation.
Therefore if we didn't all expect things to behave according to whatever set of rules, would it make a difference?

Just a thought.

 
 
Tue, 08/16/2011 - 1:30pm
NoAir Says:

So if no ones looking at me I dont exsist?

 
 
Tue, 08/16/2011 - 6:32pm

You think therefore you are, you observe yourself with thoughts

 
 
Tue, 08/16/2011 - 10:01pm

I'm pretty sure the only thing anyone can be sure of is that they themselves exist. All I know for sure is that I exist, I don't know that you exist. But if you think you exist, whatever man go ahead, but there's no way I can be sure that you do. I exist though :D just don't know if you exist or if your existence is just in my head. Fuck I hate those things that can't be proven, there's always those "what-if's" no matter where you look.

 
 
Wed, 08/17/2011 - 12:28am

Hey woah here.. I know I exist but I don't know about you champ. :P
But whatever keeps your boat afloat.

 
 
Fri, 08/19/2011 - 1:27am
SkylarL Says:

holy shit man, have you heard the song "powdered water too" by eyedea? check out these lyrics:

If someone grew up in a cubicle as Plato once suggested
They would only know the cubicle and not the world outside it
And they wouldn't view the cubicle as something geometric
We only know it's a cubicle because we live outside

Now the one inside the cubicle can't comprehend its measurements
Because measurements are models made up for and by observers
Relative to their position on the outside of the cubicle
They understand objectively so they can study further

If I grew up in a cubicle the walls limit my universe
I have no knowledge of the entirety like the outsiders do
If you follow what I say and can swallow the powdered water
Close your eyes and open your mind, this one's for you

The brain equals a cubicle we'll never think outside it
Now decide I wanna try to tie a diagram or modify it
I'm man that’s a hybrid of a body of a pirate
Of a soul that can fly without control

Realizing the brain takes in six billion signals per second
most of which are hidden and not given to the senses
We’re limited to a few futile primitive tools of perception
Living in a universal pool of first hand deception

The mind's job is to receive the signals
And block the ones out that coincide with imprinted symbols
That way the information you obtained is recognized
Reality is thinkable and comparable to space and time

It makes a map of the territory that gives us
The topic of the Copenhagen interpretation of modern quantum
Physics which states we don’t know the meal
We only know the menu that our brains tell us is real

We don’t know the rules of our heads
From inside these cubicles we can’t see the truth
No one really knows exactly what happens when we think
Therefore we can never really ever know anything

This is the consciousness revolution
You've got the right to think.
Don't think about it, just do it.

FUCK that song is amazing. part 2 is awesome too.

 
 
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Sat, 08/13/2011 - 10:42pm
sydpee Says:
 
 
Sat, 08/13/2011 - 11:32pm
jambajorge Says:

man ive always wondered what the fuck happened to the world when you werent looking. like that blink of an eye, or when you put on a shirt some crazy shit could have happened

 
 
Sun, 08/14/2011 - 12:51am

Ah fuck.... I was gonna make a toy story anology but then i reread it and saw you already mentioned it.... We know so little about the world man and yet were able to invent crazy shit and understand things that no other known species can.. Its amazing

 
 
Sun, 08/14/2011 - 12:12pm
Jeurgs Says:

i love science. I have a stumbleupon, mostly science account that is almost better than internet porn...almost

 
 
Sun, 08/14/2011 - 6:21pm
abombed Says:

I've heard the double slit experiment and had the same thoughts you portrayed, however, I've never heard of the 2002 photon experiment. I googled it, and came up with nothing. Is there anyway you could link me to a site with more details about it?

 
 
Sun, 08/14/2011 - 8:55pm

When I was a kid, concieted as it sounds I was convinced I was the only real thing in the world. For instance I'm on a busy street but everything behind just stops and everything in front of me is a facade designed for me. If I wasn't there to see it it didn't really happen but was made up and told to me by other actors to keep up the show that was my life. wierd i know, now on to the electrons. Maybe once we reach a higher level of conciousness, electrons (and reality) will embrace observation and reveal it's true self.

 
 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 9:04pm
yoinkie Says:

same here man. We are a long way off from that happening though. We have a lot of things to go through first. Like not killing ourselves with nukes. Then we must understand ourselves fully before we can start understanding the world around us.

 
 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 11:04pm
Howl Says:

There's actually a name for the belief you're describing. The philosophy that one's self is the only definite consciousness in existence is called Solipsism.

 
 
Tue, 08/16/2011 - 12:55pm
Schap Says:

ya man didnt we all. sometimes i still feel like that and i get a rush like "holy shit what if i really am the only person?" now i know thats just the power of the brain, though

 
 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 12:33am

My latest highDEA (Reality is Gods Dream) is about this, it be nice if you took a look at it but it is a bit long

 
 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 12:33am

im a total science nerd so i love this highdea :) and you really threw me off with the title ! i was like OH NO NOT HIM TOO! haha shouldnt have doubted you :P

but anyways, this has makes so much sense to me. the fact that these tiny little electrons are self aware is crazy! to think that one of the basics of all matter has self awareness really changes the way we should look at things. we cant really say we know for sure now because there is no way to measure this! i like to think that the stuff in my room moves around when im not there :) except not when im sleeping tho because thats just creepy hahaa

P.S. i love those little science fun facts at the end. i wish i could see saturn floating around on water haha

 
 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 9:03pm
yoinkie Says:

haha, yea the title was a bit mis-leading wasnt it? :P Its funny to think, all our lives we believe that we are observing our surroundings, and figuring them out, when in reality our surroundings may be observing us. :O

 
 
Sun, 08/21/2011 - 5:05pm

edit: this comment was stupid, it needed to be removed :P hehe

 
 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 1:33am
 
 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 10:43pm
Edited-it Says:

ahh wilfred stop bating your coconuts

 
 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 3:35am
Brawla Says:

"saturn would float if placed in a glass of water". did you get that from snapple? because i did. lol

 
 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 1:39pm
yoinkie Says:

Snapple is one of the biggest supporters on the war on drugs. Fuck snapple, I haven't bought one in years nor will I. So no, I didn't get that from snapple.

 
 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 5:55pm
Brawla Says:

lawl k just wondering. i can't help but to drink snapple, its so good :(

 
 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 6:27pm
yoinkie Says:

Don't do it man! .15$ from every bottle goes to arresting a kid whose smoking a joint. you might be paying for my future arrest Damnit!

 
 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 12:20pm
Harribeast Says:

if a tree falls in the woods and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

 
 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 1:04pm

According to the Copenhagen interpretation, the tree doesnt exist

 
 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 6:28pm
yoinkie Says:

By golly, I think this man has got it.

 
 
Tue, 08/16/2011 - 3:50am

what if its a deaf guy watching it fall.
will it make a sound?

 
 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 8:03pm
funkymonk Says:

imagine once there are no humans left on the planet, it turns into this fucked up thing that our brains wouldnt be able to handle.

maybe thats why there were so many periods of dinosaurs but humans have never been able to see them.

 
 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 10:14pm