I am a thinker and a writer, and I study the universe.

In quantum physics, what if our particles are controlling us?

I had an epiphany recently. In quantum physics, a photon can behave like a particle as well as a wave (we usually think of particles as particles and waves as waves). Scientists have done experiments that test this, and they have discovered that one way to make them behave as particles is to observe them; and one way to make them behave as waves is to not observe them. Many people people have interpreted this to mean that somehow consciousness is responsible for how photons work. The photons, when they are behaving like waves, would have to be in multiple places at once. Some people have interpreted this to mean that there are an infinite number of places the photon could possibly be, and it is only by our looking at it that it actually decides where it is. So in a sense, we are controlling the photon by forcing them to be in a particular place. However, others have interpreted this to mean that, they are in multiple places at once; that each photon is real and is actually there, but that only one of them is true in our world. The others came from other worlds, and the one we see when we look at it is the one that is true in our world. (This is called the many-worlds interpretation, and I’m not sure what the first one is called.)

However, I was thinking about something completely different, except not really. The first explanation was saying that we are controlling the photon. However, what if it was the other way around? What if the photon is controlling us? When the photon feels like it wants to act like a wave, it tells the particles in our brain not to observe it; and when the photon feels like acting like a particle, it tells the particles in our brain to observe it. And that would mean that there probably is ultimately no free will. Perhaps the particles in us are doing everything for us.

Anyhow, for some reason there is a connection between a particle-acting photon and its being observed. We are not sure what this connection is yet. Perhaps we will know sometime in the future; perhaps we will never know.

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