At the very edge of human perception lies the ability of our eyes to perceive a single photon of light. Physicists believe that this amazing performance could be a catalyst to shed some light on some of the biggest mysteries in our universe.
What is the universe made of? Why are we here?
A popular theory dealing with these two questions is called quantum mechanics. It insists that the universe works on the basis of uncertainty based on observation and measurement to determine reality.
It follows that the universe is made up of the unsafe phenomena and the people who can measure them properly into the latter category. If quantum mechanics turns out to be correct, it could be interpreted to mean that our purpose in the universe is simply to see the beauty around us so that it can become reality.
If, in this version of the universe, you put a single light-photon into someone's eye, they would not necessarily see it, but they would "feel it."
Alipasha Vaziri, a physicist at Rockefeller University in New York City, who conducted both and participated in experiments that did just that Nature :
The The most amazing thing is that it's not like you see light. It is almost a feeling at the threshold of the imagination.
And if one theoretically interlaced this light-photon with another and then shed the light-photon into the eyes of a person, they should not be able to perceive a difference.
This is because quantum mechanics, in order to function as a theory, has to explain everything that happens, also why we normally do not perceive quantum phenomena. We trust that quantum phenomena happen and that we do not have to work too hard to observe them.
If we see the collapse of quantum waves occurring around us, that could take up too much bandwidth in our consciousness. As strange as it may sound, the theory of quantum mechanics can work in the background (like source code).
In another version of the universe, the observer effect is only a side effect of reality and quantum mechanics does not have all the answers. If quantum theory is wrong, it does not matter if there is an observation or a measurement: what will, will, will be.
If you shine a single photon in Vaziris eye here, he would feel this same way. But if you crossed a photon and then shined it on his eye, he would perceive something else. This may be catastrophic for quantum mechanics.
Paul Kwiat, a physicist at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, who performed similar experiments as Vaziri's team reported Scientific American :
If you trust quantum mechanics Then there should be no difference. .. That would be a pretty exhausting result.
According to the experts, a single photon should appear the same to the naked eye, whether it is an entangled image or not. Because we have always been able to see photons, we have never had a chance to find out whether they were involved or not.
As research continues and physicists prepare to conduct further experiments, the consensus hypothesis seems to be that humans perceive no difference. But until proven, the questions throughout the field are of great importance.
It should be noted that there are many alternative theories of quantum mechanics. That the entanglement with the naked human eye can not be recognized does not mean that quantum mechanics is correct. However, as more and more evidence accumulates, quantum mechanics remains the elaborate theory of work to explain how our universe works.
So, when you see perturbations in the matrix, you either see the potential proof that quantum mechanics is wrong, or you're not in the baseline reality ̵
H / t: Psychology Today