One of my favorite and most intriguing science experiments of all time!
The first time I came across the double slit experiment was this very video. At first I found the way in which it was presented to be a bit laughable but soon I realized it was explained in a way that anyone new to any of the sciences could understand on a basic level.
To note, it’s actually wrong to describe matter or light as a particle and a wave. It’s more accurate to say that both can be modeled as a wave and a particle. In reality, light is neither.
After watching the video a few times and sharing it with acquaintances I realized that what I had tapped into with my own initial personal journey towards enlightenment had a lot to do with this experiment.
A two year long experimental dataset in which authors of Radin, et al., 2016 claim to find evidence of mind-matter interaction is independently re-analyzed. In this experiment, participants are asked to periodically shift their attention towards or away from a double-slit optical apparatus. Shifts in fringe visibility of the interference pattern are monitored and tested against the common sense null hypothesis that such shifts should not correlate with the participant’s attention state. We propose a deeper analysis of the dataset, identifying all the necessary arbitrary pre-analysis choices one needs to make, and carefully assessing the results’ robustness regarding these choices. Results are twofold. Firstly, even with a conservative correction for the multiple statistical tests the analysis calls for, we confirm the existence of significant although small anomalies in the direction predicted by the mind-matter interaction hypothesis. On the other hand, and unlike Radin, et al., 2016, we also report significant although even smaller anomalies in the control dataset. This leads us to conclude that this particular dataset does not provide strong evidence of mind-matter interaction, yet certainly contains inexplicable anomalies that should motivate replication attempts in highly controlled environments.
“The more we delve into quantum mechanics the stranger the world becomes; appreciating this strangeness of the world, whilst still operating in that which you now consider reality, will be the foundation for shifting the current trajectory of your life from ordinary to extraordinary. It is the Tao of mixing this cosmic weirdness with the practical and physical, which will allow you to move, moment by moment, through parallel worlds to achieve your dreams.”
PERSONAL INSIGHTS: YOUR THOUGHTS CREATE YOUR WORLD
Practical applicability of this knowledge. I would exercise intensely and focus