Category Archives: Philosophy

0.30th Hat Drop

The cat’s all twitchy
defensive and edgy.
My breadboard’s a rat’s nest;
my process a stress test.
I’ve misplaced a Schottky.

Sooner or later an artist will need to start taking their self and their work seriously. By an artist we simply mean one of our many amongst us. By will we mean might as in by might, or maybe. By need we mean simply by rationale, feeling, or some combination of either. By to start we mean to restart as in to start over again, which is much the same thing as what one initially meant by sooner or later when one said and asserted it: says in the former; asserted in the latter. By taking is meant offering not to withdraw any offering offered beforehand, since any one of those offerings might have been the first cause of what one, by one’s taking, has thereby received. By self we mean personal identity i.e., personality, which means much the same thing as their work as and however it’s taken since people generally only take facts from the world while those particular facts are growing, though it’s hard to admit how a picture presenting itself to one’s self as a fact in the world can say anything about the world one and we are both living in, let alone say and assert the thing seriously, since any (good/bad) conspiracy theorist will invite one to question the differences between current events as they are presented to us and the state of affairs in the world we purport, as a rule, to be living in.

Consciousness is a measuring device

A double-slit optical system was used to test the possible role of consciousness in the collapse of the quantum wavefunction.

Participants were asked to direct their attention
toward two tiny slits located inside a sealed black box
(the double-slit optical system). It was explained that this
task was purely in the ‘‘mind’s eye,’’ i.e., an act of
imagination (Radin, et al; 2012).

I imagine a lot of so-called ‘reputable’ physicists, and some of my readers, would ignore the experiments and suggestions from here on in on grounds of the parapsychological aspect; that is, taking extra-sensory perception/meditation seriously enough to try experimenting with it in the physically reputable quantum world in the first place. Personally though, I found it fascinating and inspiring to contemplate the ideas ‘Consciousness and the double-slit interference pattern: Six experiments‘ presents.

For starters, this cool video animation explains that the quantum wavefunction broke down as soon as the measuring device was introduced to peek at which slit the ‘electron’ was really going through. Then it renames the measuring device and calls it an ‘observer’. And if calling it an observer doesn’t anthropomorphise the otherwise supposedly unconscious device enough (for those of us who haven’t taken an interest in Cylon and Animal theory), then making it look like a blinking eye sure does! Of course, that’s just an analogical device to make it easier for people who aren’t real physicists to relate to the real physicist’s experiment. Isn’t it interesting? that (some) reputable physicists can open their minds to that particular analogy but apparently not to the one that suggests

if one set of experiments show an unconscious measuring device can alter the behaviour of an electron fired at a double-slit system, and other experiments show that a conscious effort to alter the behaviour of “a photon’s (my emphasis) path as it travels through two slits” (Radin, et al; 2012), then what is the similarity between an electron and a photon? The answer is relevant and needs be distinguished.

Electrons are what orbit ’round atoms.
Photons are what electrons produce when
lifted above and dropped suddenly back
into their regular orbits.

And the photon will carry
the frequency equal to that
distance its producing electron
fell from its height to hit bottom.

Thus the stuff in the regular orbit is at bottom
what respectable measurements unconsciously point to.
The colours are the stuff of escape,
and that’s what perceptions are measuring.

And respectable physicists too often suffer
from local hidden variable theory.

Alternatively, try searching “consciousness is a form of measurement” or “consciousness is a measuring device” on Google. Until such time as this post is cached, you won’t find either assertion there, which is odd, since “consciousness is an observer” gets plenty of search result.

For the sake of completeness I should note that Radin’s & et al. experiments appear from the outset to have involved using “a gray filter that attenuates all wavelengths equally”. There’s probably some sensible reason in the math for doing that but, I must admit after having a good go at understanding their formulations, I can’t see an explanation for it.

Tawny Frogmouth in crook

Tawny Frogmouth in crook

* I owe a debt of gratitude to a strong friend for providing the inspiration and sense of freedom to present this piece of writing in public, despite the fact it started its life as a private reply. In the past I would have acknowledged them here in public accordingly. As my time, as a writer, has passed, my experience tells me it can’t hurt so much to offer my acknowledgements privately.

A confluence of vectors and forces

Being paid a visit by the local blue-tongued lizard always adds a bit of simple pleasure to my day. This one has become quite the regular pleasure this summer–I have a special bread and butter dish for it that I put all my squashed cockroaches into and slide under the slightly raised concrete square potplant pot in the garden at my back door–and has grown to tolerate my persistent attempts to coax it into the ultimate close-up. I’ve found that blue-tongues aren’t very photogenic as a rule; they typically border on lifeless and flat. I’m always very careful not to startle them. Even though I know I could get a good down the throat shot if I threatened it strongly enough I would never bring myself to do it. I would never bring myself to do it because I know lizards share stuff they know and the places they’ve been with the birds, and I know just as well that the reason so many birds freely relate to my camera is because a little bird told them a lizard had told it that I’m not threatening.

It hasn’t slipped my attention that I don’t have nearly the same kind of success rate relating with people that I easily manage with birds, and the lizards. Nor has it faded from my memory that the last time I met in person with a friend from online for the first time I reacted defensively when he said that he’d noticed from my blogging that I am a nature person. One who is mostly a birdwatcher.

I think I’m on the verge of recognising that I don’t understand human language enough yet to reach out to people… no. to reach out to human people without appearing threatening. But I don’t want to admit it. I think the thing that ruins me most is that I’ve done on the interweb just about everything I wouldn’t have done if it were lizards and birds I thought I were trying to write and share images for. And the biggest thing keeping me from deleting every trace of what I’ve done on the interweb–don’t go believing everything can’t be deleted just because you’ve been told it will stay there forever (I can prove that’s not true)–is that I console myself in the knowledge that no little bird can ever gain access to this information highway… because that’s not what this is.

A confluence of vectors and forces

A confluence of vectors and forces