There is some weird science being talked about at the moment. If you’ve ever considered quantum physics, and let’s face it, who hasn’t, then you will understand why witnesses to a crime will have each seen something different for the same event. Any policeman will tell you that witnesses aren’t worth doodley-squat.
I won’t go into any depth, trust me when I say that you have to turn your mind inside out to get this, but the recent experiments at an Australian University show that atomic particles only function in the way for which you are measuring. So what the hell does that mean? It means that the way a substance behaves, like a wave or particle, is post-determined – in other words if you measure waves it behaves like a wave and shows results. If you measure particles you will detect particles. Measurements can only happen after the fact, so there.
That’s the science.
Now for the easy part. What does this mean for all of us? This micro-science appears to be pretty meaningless to us macro-entities. Or is it? As I said above witnesses see different things during the same event – why else would there be some many criminals walking free? Or are they?
Let’s look at it from a different perspective. When you were a little kid you believed that the whole world revolved around you, didn’t you? I did. For a small child it is hard to imagine that all these things could be going on around you when you didn’t witness them? As we grow older we conquer this feeling – well, most of us do. But what exactly are we conquering? It’s like that old question, ‘if a tree falls in a forest where no-one is present, does it make a sound?’ We only know of other things happening around us after the fact, discussion, gossip, or the news. If we didn’t have this information, did it really happen?
Quantum physics may be well out of our reach in terms of understanding these aspects, but it has a lot to offer if you really want to mindf**k people at parties. After all, that’s what psychologists/psychiatrists do to us all the time, except they give each aspect technical names and make it sound like they know what they are talking about!