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Quantum Cognitive Thesis

The Nature of Unobservable Quantum Mechanics and Cognitive Observation

A Wildly Eccentric And Incomplete Thesis For Future Reference


It has been known since the first half of the twentieth century that quantum phenomena is inherently unobservable. This was first discovered with the experiment in which it was found that a single electron fired through one of two possible holes in a wall produced an interference pattern like normal light, except that such meant that the electron was effectively traveling through both holes simultaneously, in a probabilistic manner. However, upon further inspection, it was discovered that this event did not take place if a conscious observer was made aware of which hole the electron went through.

Thus, it was concluded that quantum mechanics was unobservable.

In keeping with a Cognitive Science perspective, I propose to study the how and why of this phenomenon. To do so, I suggest conducting several experiments involving human subjects, unaware recording devices, artificial intelligence, mind/machine interfaces, and indirect or delayed observation.

Questions To Answer:

  • Is there any way to indirectly measure which hole the electron passed through, while still achieving the interference perhaps by recording it and withholding the information from a conscious presence, and if so:
  • Will a person who is not consciously aware that he/she is observing the phenomenon disrupt the interference.
  • If one recorded which hole the electron went through with an unconscious device, say a videotape, and then observed the interference pattern, what would happen if one then only after observing the interference pattern, then observed the videotape.
  • What if a computer observed which hole the electron went through, and then told an outside person either the truth or the opposite?


  • The apparent ability of particles/waves to exist in multiple potential locations simultaneously, is merely a property of existing in more dimensions than currently observable.
  • The reality of matter is based primarily on consciousness.
  • A wave in three spatial dimensions plus time, can be observed as a one dimensional point from certain spatial angles or frames of observation at a specific instant in time.
  • By changing the frame of reference, one can change the realization of potential.
  • The additional dimensions, as postulated by String Theory, are observable in special scenarios involving multiple simultaneous frames of reference connected in parallel to an artificial consciousness or enhanced natural consciousness.

Probability of Success:

Exponentially low.

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