Re: Observing and the Observer Effect (was Mindless Thought Experiments)

From: Bryan Bishop (
Date: Thu Mar 06 2008 - 05:32:01 MST

On Tuesday 04 March 2008, Lee Corbin wrote:
> I claim that we never disturb an apple by observing it, though the
> word "observe" is too often used by people in unusual ways. To me,
> an apple under ordinary conditions is already reflecting light. We
> don't do anything to it, just collect those photons later, perhaps
> much later, and perhaps very very far away. The point is that
> it stays very much an apple regardless.

And of course, the apple is not eternal and will be decaying as you sit
and watch whether or not you are there to make sure it molds etc.

- Bryan
Bryan Bishop

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