Scientists and prayer…do they have one? A surprising experiment that lends some validity to the intervention of willful consciousness on reality.
Is science beginning to validate praying?
A very surprising aspect of Quantum Physics that has pointed many scientists in the direction of spirituality is that of the role of the observer in the collapse of the wave function. This is the property of a photon or electron, for example, to behave both as a wave when not being observed and as a particle when it is being observed. When sub-atomic particles are passed through two slits, they behave as a wave (see figures below), but when a totally inert (does not affect the photons in any way) sensor is used, the photons automatically collapse from a wave to individual photons. Stay with me on this because it is a big deal in the world of physics, and it appears to have implications in religion and other fields of human interest.
Fig. 1 shows particles (photons or electrons) passing as a wave while unobserved
Fig. 2 shows particles (photons or electrons) passing as a wave while observed
The mere presence of the non-energetic sensor (observer) was deemed to be the sole cause of the effect not any energy or other factor due to the sensor activation. The act of observation alone changes the behavior of the particle! This is what is called in Physics as the Quantum Measurement Problem (QMP). Richard Feynman, who jointly with Julian Schwinger and Shinichiro Tomonaga received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 for their contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, said about the experiment which showed the collapse of the wave function:
“[The double-slit experiment] has in it the heart of quantum mechanics. In reality, it contains the only mystery.”
John Wheeler, Professor of Physics at Princeton University, said it best,
“No phenomenon is a phenomenon until it is an observed phenomenon.”
Most scientist now accept the Copenhagen interpretation (developed by Niels Bohr and his colleagues at the University of Copenhagen) which is based on the concept of wave–particle duality and the idea that the observation influences the behavior of the particles, No explanation has been found yet as to how or why the particles are affected by mere passive observation. The implications of the Copenhagen interpretation are that:
- The consciousness of the observer must be taken into consideration when testing the laws of physics
- Consciousness has a very direct effect of humans’ interpretation of reality
- Consciousness must exist separate from the brain (soul?)
But there is another even more intriguing possible result of the collapse of the wave function due to observation. If the act of observation is directly related to the change of the wave function, could human consciousness affect the behavior of the particles? In other words, can human consciousness affect the quantum field (sub-atomic world) around us? Clearly, the implications are far reaching if this is so: from an explanation as to why many religions affirm the effect of prayer to those who believe that humans create their own reality and more. There were a series of rigorous scientific experiments by Dr. Dean Radin, from the Institute for Neural Computation, University of California San Diego, designed to answer precisely the question: can human consciousness affect the quantum field?
Dr. Radin and his team conducted the experiments from 2013 to 2016 to test the hypothesis as to whether human consciousness can affect the behavior of photons/electrons flowing through two slits. The experiments were repeated six times under very strict scientific conditions using different types of subjects. Several groups of people concentrating on changing the behavior of sub-atomic particles were able to change the way sub-atomic particles acted! The results showed consistently that human consciousness can affect the quantum field’s fabric of reality.
Two important questions arise from the fact that human consciousness can affect sub-atomic particles:
One, if sub-atomic particles which compose everything in the universe, behave as a wave when being observed, then who observed the universe to collapse its wave so that it is the way we can experience it now? This is the kernel of the argument in favor of a creator.
Two, do we humans create our own reality when by observing the function waves of everything around us cause their collapse thus creating the totality of everything we see around us perhaps through prayer or intention?
The collapse of the wave function by observation is not conclusive proof of any of the above, of course, but definitely a feint but firm indication of a reality other than the palpable one we consider to be “reality”. Also, it points to the possibility of a creator (remember Stephen Hawking’s change of heart? Click here to read about it), and that we may very well be able to affect reality with our conscious intentions.
Upcoming: Black Holes, Multiverses and Heaven
Please see Part I on Stephen Hawking and God and the Creation of the Universe by clicking here.
Guest Author: Juan C. Perez is a retired psycholinguist. He has worked at the University of Houston, Miami Dade College and other institutions of higher learning in Texas and Florida. Prof. Perez, a former Baptist minister, has traveled the world extensively, has written successful grants, and initiated international programs in several parts of the world. During his travels and stays abroad, he developed a keen interest in comparative religion and later on in the scientific trend towards spirituality.
Part I: Stephen Hawking Admits There May Be A God Explaining “The God-like force” Hawking discusses
Part II: Scientists Vs. Prayer Do They Have One? If Science is beginning to validate prayer or not.
Part III: Is Your Brain Really Necessary?! The boy without a brain.
Part IV: The Heavens and Astrophysics Alternative universe and multiverse helps explain the Heavens
(Feature photo compliments of NASA Hubble and wpengine.com and Dagger News)
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