Testing nonlocal observation as a source of intuitive knowledge

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Testing nonlocal observation as a source of intuitive knowledge

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This study explored the hypothesis that in some cases intuitive knowledge arises from perceptions that are not mediated through the ordinary senses. The possibility of detecting such nonlocal observation was investigated in a pilot test based on the effects of observation on a quantum system. Participants were asked to imagine that they could intuitively perceive a low-intensity laser beam in a distant Michelson interferometer. If such observation were possible, it would theoretically perturb the photons' quantum wave functions and change the pattern of light produced by the interferometer.

See related Research Project: Quantum Optics: Is Psi a type of Knowledge?

Radin D. Explore. 2008 Jan-Feb;4(1):25-35.

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1-Jan-08
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11 pages
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