Double Slit

The double-slit experiment contains all the mystery of Quantum Mechanics         

Richard Feynman

    Dr. Quantum

   The Experiment

 

Objects such as electrons can be in two places at once, and can behave as a particle one moment and as a wave the next, depending on how an observer tries to measure it.

In this way the imagination liberates itself from the concretism of the object and attempts to sketch the image of the invisible as something which stands behind the phenomenon. 

The importance of consciousness should not be underrated; hence it is advisable to relate the contradictory manifestations of the unconscious causally to the conscious attitude, at least in some degree. But consciousness should not be overrated either, for experience provides too many incontrovertible proofs of the autonomy of unconscious compensatory processes for us to seek the origin of these antinomies only in the conscious mind. Between the conscious and the unconscious there is a kind of “uncertainty relationship,” because the observer is inseparable from the observed and always disturbs it by the act of observation. In other words, exact observation of the unconscious prejudices observation of the conscious and vice versa..

Max Born said that the wave is a "Probability Wave".  Born argued that the size of a wave at any location predicts the likelihood of the electron being found there.  Where the wave is big is where the electron is most likely to be.  The electron on its own is a jumble of possibilities.  You are not allowed to ask:  Where is the electron right now?  You are allowed to ask:  If I look for the electron in this particular part of space, what is the likelihood that I'll find it there.  Using Schroedinger's equation to find the electron's probability wave you can estimate fairly accurately what the chances are that an electron will end up in any particular place. 

I can explain my idea by the following:  In the appendix to Portmann’s book on the animal as a social being, he discusses a very puzzling fact concerning the learning capacity of rats.  The laboratory rats had to crawl through various kinds of mazes to find their food.  The experimenter was certain that the rats could learn; he found that they performed the task 100 percent, so he published the factual results of his experiments.  But another investigator, who did not believe that the rats could learn, gave the same kind of maze to the same rats, and they could not do the task but behaved completely stupidly.  AAI 131

In Los Angeles the practice of testing children in order to detect mentally retarded or mentally gifted pupils was abandoned because of research showing that teachers closely identify with the children in their classes. …  The emotional belief of the experimenter plays an enormous role and influences the potential of a child positively or negatively.  AAI 132 

   I once lectured at (CERN) … When I mentioned synchronicity, there were roars of laughter, and these famous physicists said, “Oh, we know that very, very well: our computer absolutely always answers as we expect it to answer.  If we believe in a false theory and we are passionately involved, the computer just performs according to what we expect; and then a colleague who does not believe it uses the computer for a few hours and gets a completely different result.”  This created great amusement.  But when I tried to pin them down and say, “Well, gentlemen, then please take that experience seriously,” one of them said, “Oh, that’s all nonsense, synchronicity is all nonsense.”  He was in an affect – his tone of voice gave him away. 

   These physicists admitted the experience but would not take it seriously scientifically, because it would have turned their whole weltanschauung upside down.  In spite of their experienced they did not want to admit the truth.  It was quite grotesque, for first they laughed and said they knew that the computer did that, and then they pretended that it was nonsense. 

   This is another example of compartmental psychology.  All these mantic procedures are based on the idea of synchronicity or its forerunner, magical causality.  Dorn believed in that, and that was what he really ultimately understood by virtus, or virtue: the possibility that the human psyche that has become conscious might perform miracles.     AAI 132