• Art48
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    Is this accurate? Comments?

    The collapse of the wave function in quantum mechanics is sometimes loosely described as caused by “observation,” which implies consciousness can physically affect the universe by causing the collapse. However, “measurement” is more accurate that “observation” because measurement apparatus itself rather than consciousness causes wave function collapse.
  • universeness
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    No, the measurement problem causes wave function collapse in the sense that a result will be gained from the act of measuring. No human or electronic observer makes any difference so human consciousness has no impact or role to play in wave function collapse.
    Carlo Rovelli and others, propose that the collapse is localised. The wave function does not collapse universally.
  • jgill
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    It's unfortunate this kind of language is used for this purpose. Heisenberg and Bohr cautioned against thinking of this as a physical process or having a "picture" view of what was going on. But then there are several interpretations of what's going on. Its so easy to let one's imagination follow a kind of mental animation.
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