Why is “local realism” incorrect?
Because it is. It is “perceived realism” but does not make it real, and it isn’t what actually happens in the quantum world. What the heck does that mean?
Let’s find out.
Did you know that “things” can be in more than one place at the same time? Sounds a bit crazy- certainly what we would call counter-intuitive, but it is true in something know as the quantum world. Scientists have been exploring it since it was theorized by Max Planck in 1900.
Did you also know that hypothetically, -we can’t do this yet but someday we will- you could activate a control here on earth and have whatever it is controlling react instantly, even light years away- so, faster than light travel of information. This could happen in the future through quantum entanglement.
Or how about an experiment where the action of watching it affects the outcome. If you didn’t watch it or measure it, the result would be different.
Quantum behaviors occur in the weird world of the very, very small.
Back to the question. From a layman’s perspective “Local realism” is a term that basically states that distant objects shouldn’t directly affect something here- not instantaneously. That sounds logical, that is, unless whatever was there moves here, like a comet or asteroid heading toward earth, or of the collision of some distant neutron stars causing a gamma ray burst- but that too has to travel across space and “get here” before it affects us. It isn’t instantaneous. What about our sun? It affects us through its gravity. That is true but gravity travels at the speed of light, and it too has had time to reach us since before the earth was created- but how about something REALLY far away, say in the Andromeda Galaxy? Can it affect us- I don’t mean in millions of years when something from there (such as the whole galaxy which will someday collide with us- yes really) actually reaches us but right now this second? Yes. It is possible.
Or how about our interaction observing something why should it affect the outcome.
It does. Why?
[newsletter_lock] Let’s take the latter question first.
To watch an experiment means in some way, no matter how small, that you must interact with it. As an example- but not the ONLY example- To see it or measure it requires some light to bounce off what you wish to see.
Otherwise in this example it would remain in the dark and you wouldn’t be able to see it. The act of your photons to light it up striking and reflecting off, an electron for example affects the electron. Any known method of measurement has the same interfering effect. There are dozens of ways scientists have tried to indirectly measure. They still seem to indicate the “thing” being affected. We will have to wait to see how this is ultimately resolved.
So back to distant things affecting us now- how is that possible? Through quantum entanglement- a real, provable bizarre thing that can happen between two particles.
Why is this relevant?
It is hypothetically possible that your brain could be connected to some other place- while upon your death you cease to be you here, could you still exist in some unknown “you” somewhere else.
Some believe possibly. Read about quantum effects in our brains here:
While others doubt quantum entanglement truly exists in our brains as expressed here:
Simply stated we really don’t know yet what this means. We have much to learn about our brains and about quantum effects.
But should there be some process going on in us that does involve some sort of connectivity, then indeed it might eventually present a hypothesis about some existence after death after all.
The jury is still out.
What are your thoughts about life after death in the quantum universe?