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Murshid Salam

Program Controller, Ericsson India Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

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In double slit experiment of Thomas Young, why do electrons (particles) behave like waves when we aren't observing them?

In double slit experiment of Thomas Young, electrons (particle) behaves like a particle when they are under observation. But how they suddenly behave like a wave when we do not observe them.

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    Jul 24 2012: What you call observation is a process in your brain that conjures an image based on input through your senses. What is real to you, is in fact that conscious image in your brain. We can have no idea what reality outside us looks like. All we can do is compare what we see as individuals and agree on a common image that makes sense to us.

    What we call particles or waves are our images of these things. They are what we think they are because we "see" them in our (conscious) brain.

    It is not hard to understand that what we see when we look at these particle/waves is not the same as when we don't look at them and they are somewhere in this information-energy ether out there.

    What is surprising is that we have not managed to create a common conscious image of this particle-wave thing that is coherent between what it is and what we make of it.
    • Jul 27 2012: if so,how then living organisms survive in wave forms?
      • Jul 29 2012: This an excellent question, which we should attempt to answer.

        And that is all it is.

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