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Can the simple fact of observation affect the outcome of an event? http://www.princeton.edu/~pear/experiments.html

I read of an experiment, where small balls were set to fall at random and collect in tubes. When the experiment wasn't being watched the balls fell at random. But when an individual was told to stair and considerate at this wall of balls, could generate a small but measurable result. In other words the act of observation affects the outcome of things. Care to comment?

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    Aug 21 2012: Scientifically I do not know. Your experiment if verified and authenticated by your peers, has proved that observation does affect the outcome of the event. Spiritually I know that observation does effect the outcome of the event. Intense observation and channelizing of thoughts are known to have affected the outcome of the event, more specifically a condition.
    On a lighter note, observation does affect the outcome of an event. An observing parent can affect the outcome of his/her unruly child !!

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