Quantum Physics Isn't Scary, Even If The Moon Isn't There When You Don't Look At It

Quantum Physics Isn't Scary, Even If The Moon Isn't There When You Don't Look At It

The Moon is still there when you don't look at it.


Science has been something that I have always had a profound interest in. My grandfather was a biology teacher, and he instilled a love of animals and the world in me when I was a small kid. As I grew older, my interest in science waned into more concentrated disciplines. Biology, psychology, and medical science became the most fascinating to me, while physics and geology slipped under my radar. However, I recently became interested in the Simulation Hypothesis, which states that we may be living in a simulation.

I spent hours pouring over quantum physics and arguments against the hypothesis, desperately looking for confirmation that this theory wasn't true. In the end, I relied on Occam's Razor to come to the conclusion that we are most likely not living in a simulation. However, this quest for knowledge ignited my interest in quantum physics and mathematical science in general.

Which leads me to the main point of this article: quantum physics, especially the Copenhagen Interpretation, is massively misunderstood. The Copenhagen Interpretation is a collection of views regarding quantum physics based around the results and beliefs of Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. Essentially, the interpretation states that quantum systems exist in a superposition, unable to be charged until an observation is made.

Observation is a misleading term, however, and has inadvertently led to the rise of theories of how consciousness creates the universe around us. However, observation really just means an interaction of particles. This is derived from the famous double slit experiment.

The experiment is this: when we fire a stream of electrons towards a screen with a panel containing two slits in the middle of it, we would expect that the electrons go through the slit and form two distinct bands on the screen behind the slits. However, this is not the case. Instead, we have an interference pattern of electrons mostly concentrated in stripes not correlating with the slits in the panel. When we observe these electrons, however, they behave as if they go through the two slits as hypothesized.

The results have led to the theory of the superposition. A superposition is the natural state of a quantum particle. It cannot be exactly defined because it can be anywhere at once, essentially. Only observation gives us an exact placement of the particle, but even then it still changes states and trajectories to reflect the observation.

This leads to the main function of quantum mechanics. We cannot predict a quantum particle's position or momentum to be in a specific place 100% of the time. We can only predict the probability of where a particle will end up. This is called the wave function. The wave function is a tool we use to predict the probability of where a particle will end up upon observation. When we observe the particle, the wave function collapses and the particle is forced to choose one path.

We can never know with 100% certainty about particles, though. Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle tells us that in order to observe, a change to the system must be made. We try to make the least amount of change into the system when we observe, but Heisenberg's principle is always obeyed. The uncertainty principle, the wave function, and quantum states of superposition make up the foundations of the Copenhagen Interpretation and quantum physics in general.

However, quantum physics is often misunderstood. Conscious beings are not the only observers. They can be rocks, planets, cameras, or any other macroscopic object that obeys classical physics. This explains how the universe formed and didn't go into a superposition right after the big bang. Many people flock to the old analogy that Einstein used: that the Moon isn't there when we don't look at it.

However, this is false because the Moon is a macroscopic object and has undergone quantum decoherence, which is to say that all of the particles in the Moon interacting with each other has produced a consistent and reliable state of being for the Moon. It is still there when we don't look at it, as it's your house, your dog, or your car.

The big challenge for quantum physics now is to determine where the threshold lies in quantum decoherence. How big does an object have to be to decohere? What is the biggest covered object in the natural universe? How big of an object can we send into a quantum state? The answers lie in science, and science will take up that challenge! But this quest for knowledge shouldn't scare us. Any answer that we get will be rational, in the end, and it will not reveal some eldritch truth about our existence as humans nor the existence of the universe in general.

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To The Soon-To-Be College Freshman Who Think They'll Keep Their High School Friends, Know This

You will maybe talk to 10 people back from your high school while your in college.


I know what you are thinking "Of course I am going to still talk to all my high school friends once we graduate." "You just didn't keep up with your friends." "I am going to talk to them every day."

Of course, you may be the lucky ones that go on to the same college and university, but if you follow your best friend to college then have you ever thought to yourself. "Did I choose my school based on if my friend(s) would go to college together." Obviously, it could be coincidental that you end up in the same place, but my argument is more on the idea of having friends that go to the same college on your list of important things once you move away.

Now if you are still reading and still in denial with what I am saying then continue.

Since moving away from home I have broadened my horizons and met more people then I could ever have imagined. I have met people that if I have not kept an open mind to them I would not be friends with them now. You will most likely choose the same type of friends that you had in high school if you do not keep an open mind when finding friends in college.

You also do not want to be that person who refuses to make other friends besides their high school friends. I hate to break it to you, but your high school friends will find other friends beside you when they leave for college/university. This time in your life is supposed to be "a new chapter" if you do not branch out of your comfort zone then you will be stuck in a little bubble for the rest of your life.

Not only will your friends in your high school class be making friends, but you need to make friends that are in the same stage of life that you are also in. Still talking to high school aged friends will limit you from conversations due to distance, lack of relevance, and just not going through the same stuff as you.

Sounds daunting? I know.

I am not saying that you can not be friends still with your high school friends. From time to time I catch up with mine to see how the school is going for them, and how they are doing, but I am building and forming relationships with my friends at college because you have had to start up from ground zero, and will be forming a foundation until we graduate.

Even when you have broken it is nice to hang out with your high school friends and talk about the good old days. My point to you is to keep an open mind and to not get upset when high school friends have moved on and found their new friends from school just like you.

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Guess What, Everything That Makes You Tired Is Worth It

Life gets to be too much sometimes.


Every day I hear someone complaining about something bad going on in their lives. I do the same, but not every day. I tend to keep most of my stress and things that bother me to myself. But I do get tired of the situations I place myself in or just life in general.

School, work and my sorority are the main things that make me tired. I am constantly on the go every day. Yes, I do get a break but not for long. I stress about money. I get tired of being busy all the time. I chose to be apart of that busy life. So I have to deal with it. I get in some mental break downs sometimes, but I always build myself back up, by saying "It is worth being tried for." I think about the great outcomes that come with being busy. When you are busy, you are successful. Those problems that hurt you or make you down, well if you are busy, then you will not think so much about them. Make yourself busy to were you can handle it. But, yes I am tired, but it is worth it.

Those situations I put myself in that make me tired of making dumb mistakes, well I enjoy them. It is f'd up that I enjoy hurting myself and sometimes others, but I just do not care sometimes. That is bad. I am tired of feeling regret from satisfaction, but I love it. It is crazy how being young you cannot control yourself until you grow up. That is what I am doing; I am growing up. So yes, I will make mistakes, but I will learn from them. I will be tired of my stupid mistakes, but I will fix them.

You're going to be tired in life. It is okay. Just remember the money you are making, the school work you are doing, and the involvement is worth being tired over. Those dumb decisions that you are slowly or already tired of finding a way to fix it.

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