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Volume 14: Pages 164-170, 2001
A Feasible Experiment Concerning the Schrödinger's Cat and Wigner's Friend Paradoxes
Fred H. Thaheld
240 Natoma Station Dr., #76, Folsom, California 95630 U.S.A.
It appears that in the very near future, based upon experiments being conducted at Bastyr University and the University of Washington as to whether conscious states can exert nonlocal biological effects, that it will be possible to subject both the Schrödinger's cat and the Wigner's friend paradoxes to a simple modified experiment. This will determine whether there is any validity to the idea of macroscopic superpositions, and the roles that the observer, measurement, and consciousness have heretofore been believed to play in this whole process. These experiments will also raise some fundamental philosophical questions concerning the meaning that is currently attributed to these terms as they relate to quantum mechanics and nonlocality, and whether additional terms may be required if the experiments are a success, to more accurately describe what has happened.
Keywords: visual evoked potentials, transferred potentials, biological nonlocality, phase coherence, patterned photostimulation, nonlocal observation, nonlocal knowledge, wave‐function collapse
Received: February 9, 2001; Published online: December 15, 2008