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The Observer Problem - Part IV

Is the moon up there when we are not looking?

The Observer Problem is the biggest mystery of our time. Yet, it can open the gate to a whole new paradigm in understanding the reality. That is why it is worth exploring.

The special theory of relativity, Heisenberg uncertainty principle, quantum superposition of states, state reduction, quantum entanglement, quantum zeno effect and alike suggests that the experimenter/observer has an effect on the observed.

In order to find a solution for the bizarre effect the following options come to mind,

1/ world is in a one classical state. Superposition of states of quantum mechanics is wrong.

2/ world exist in superposition of states. Observers actually reduce it to one classical state.

3/ world exists in superposition of states. The observer perceives just one state.

4/ There is a common phenomenon amongst all observers which lead the progression of state reductions and evolution of events.


Come and hear different interpretations offered by different physicists.

When experts are in disagreement you can pick your expert of choice or come up with your own ideas.

Get prepared for a heated discussion. Review the Copenhagen interpretation, many worlds of
Evereret, Bohemian interpretation, Penrose–Hamerof Theory of Consciousness,Transactional Interpretation, HenryStapp views.......

See you there


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  • Nataliya P.

    Very interesting. Good discussion.

    June 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Everyone,

    This is off topic but I am actually now studying Fourier Transforms and its Applications by Brad Osgood on the Stanford site. What has this got to do with Physics? Actually a lot because Momentum and Position are Fourier Transforms due to the Heisenberg Uncertainty principal. Wow. If I learned this in the past it was long forgotten. Have a great week!

    June 17, 2014

  • Carmen

    I liked the question... it really raises the question about what is consciousness...not if it does :) thank you Av

    June 14, 2014

    • Victor

      There is no doubt that it does... we "live" by it. But many think it automatically provides us a chauvinistic sense of uniqueness or "soul" or special place among other life forms. I don't doubt that our sense of "soul" will be humbled, just like our sleeping self is humbled everyday we wake up.

      June 14, 2014

    • Victor

      On Dave's suggestion that microtubules have been debumked... on Jan 2014 "A review and update of a controversial 20-year-old theory of consciousness published in Physics of Life Reviews claims that consciousness derives from deeper level, finer scale activities inside brain neurons. The recent discovery of quantum vibrations in "microtubules"­ inside brain neurons corroborates this theory, according to review authors Stuart Hameroff and Sir Roger Penrose. They suggest that EEG rhythms (brain waves) also derive from deeper level microtubule vibrations, and that from a practical standpoint, treating brain microtubule vibrations could benefit a host of mental, neurological, and cognitive conditions.

      Read more at:­

      June 14, 2014

  • Chris

    Interesting workout for the mind if somewhat confusing.

    June 13, 2014

  • Justin D.

    I will be late...

    June 13, 2014

  • Daniel W.

    Hi Betty,
    Something has just come up that will cause me to be out of town tomorrow night, so I will not be able to observe the meeting (If I do not observe it, does that mean it does not exist??? I hope not!)

    I will look forward to taking part in the next one!

    2 · June 12, 2014

  • Tharsan S.

    Thanks Betty!

    June 10, 2014

  • Betty

    All..Our Physics meeting is FRIDAY for sure. See you then! Betty

    June 10, 2014

  • Tharsan S.

    There was another email sent out saying the meeting is on Saturday the 14th. I want to confirm that it is indeed going to be on Friday the 13th. Anyone?

    June 9, 2014

    • Gayatri

      I got the same message as well Tharsan. Has the meeting changed to Saturday, Betty or Mohsen, please let us know. Thanks

      June 9, 2014

  • Gayatri

    Sorry to miss this but a colleague is leaving the company and need to attend the farewell party. Catch you all next time.

    June 9, 2014

  • Victor

    May not attend. But This video may help. boltzmann brain

    Maybe it places a special place for the observer, if observers are Boltzmann brains? Paradoxically via pure chaos with infinite permutations the ultimate intelligence or least chaotic emerges - an entertaining concept.

    1 · June 8, 2014

  • Joe P.

    I'm on call that night, and sorry to miss it ;( ...

    June 8, 2014

  • Barbara

    Will be on Cape Breton Island that day. Sorry to miss it. Keep some leftover interpretations for next time :-)

    May 13, 2014

    • Alex A

      That is a nice trip. Enjoy.

      June 7, 2014

  • Linda T.

    Sorry to miss it.

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone watch the Leonard Susskind videos on Physics? You can learn a lot from them. Right now I am working on Statistical Mechanics a topic I struggled with at University of Toronto....

    2 · May 18, 2014

    • Victor

      Almost every university is joining 's
      free online credit courses. Recently a 15yr old Mongolian got 100% by hand translating from english the lectures... a possibility of finding the brightest minds in the poorest nations.
      http://www.sciencedai...­ creating particles from photon's news, shows a time symmetric particle Feynman diagrams --> see the time rotation symmetry between 1934 and 2014 diagrams. It shows that causality is time reversible (look at the other pair of diagrams 1933 & 1932 .

      2 · May 19, 2014

    • Avo

      Not yet, but it is the pipeline (I did watch the first lecture of "Classical Mechanics", it was amazing. I am also brushing up on my Math and have finished thus far 4 Mooc courses, 3 in physics and one in genetics.

      June 6, 2014

  • Gayatri

    Enjoy the trip. Hope you get the chance to drive through the Cabot Trail. I did that last summer and it was amazing. Cheers.

    1 · May 18, 2014

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