Schrodinger's Cat: Empirical Research into the Radical Subjective solution of the Measurement problem.

D. Bierman, S. Whitmarsh, Keith Sutherland (Editor)

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    Schrodinger's Cat: Empirical research into the radical subjective solution of the measurement problem Dick J. Bierman & Stephen Whitmarsh The most controversial of all solutions of the measurement problem holds that a measurement is not completed until a conscious observation is made. In other words quantum physics is a science of potentialities and the measurement i.c. the conscious observation brings about the reality by reducing the state vector to one of the Eigen-states. In a series of experiments modeled after the famous experiment by the Shimony group we have explored the brain responses of observers of a quantum event. In about 50% of the exosures this quantum event had already been observed about one second earlier by another person. This random manipulation was unknown to the final observer. The first experiment along these lines gave suggestive evidence for a difference in brain responses dependent on the manipulation. In subsequent experiments quantum events were mixed with classical events and the results of these experiments that have been reported elsewhere were ambiguous. In a final experiment we are trying to solve the paradoxical results obtained so far. In this experiment the final observer receives detailed information about the type of event that (s)he observes. Also the experimental protocol is such that not only pre-observed events cannot be distinguished from not pre-observed events on the basis of their physical characteristic but neither on the basis of inter-event time distributions.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Title of host publicationJournal of Consciousness Studies (JCS, 14-9)
    Publisherimprint academic
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2007

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