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Quantum ESP Experiment Explanation
This application was designed to examine the possibility that humans are sensitive to events in parallel dimensions and that this perception may account for some psychic phenomena.
Many Worlds theory
The theoretical explanation for cross-dimensional perception lies in the Many Worlds interpretation of quantum physics. The Many Worlds theory posits that the mysteries and paradoxes of quantum physics experiments can be explained by there being many worlds in which all possible quantum events occur. In other words, the world that you or I perceive is just one of many possible worlds unfolding simultaneously. The Many Worlds explanation has many believers amongst physicists and cosmologists. (Read more about the Many Worlds interpration on Wikipedia.)
David Deutsch is a well-known Oxford physicist and a strong proponent of the Many Worlds theory. He says that one of the fundamental mysteries in quantum physics (exemplified by the double-slit experiment, where single photons shot one at a time at a plate still seem to produce an interference pattern) can be explained by the interference of the photons “with themselves”, but in multiple universes.
For the purposes of this application, Many Worlds is assumed to be true. The theoretical idea behind the application is that very similar (in other words, very close-by) dimensions may be sensed by the human brain. Put another way, it may be possible that a person's brain can communicate with parallel versions of itself (similar to a photon or electron 'interfering' with itself). If an experiment were to try to test this, a quantum event would be required to "split" the worlds; this is accomplished in this experiment using random numbers generated by quantum processes. Below is a detailed description of what the application does and the ideas behind its structure:
- A live, quantumly-generated binary random number stream (taken from a lab at the Australian National University) is used to choose two unique numbers between 1 and 10.
- There is a 6-second pause after this, in order to (theoretically) establish many nearby universes where those specific two numbers were chosen (and not two other numbers). This could be seen as "setting" the universes with a solid foundation of similar universes. If there were no pause, there'd theoretically be too many different nearby universes, with many different numbers chosen, which might theoretically interfere with the cross-dimensional communication. (Six seconds is an arbitrary delay choice.)
- After this pause to “set” the worlds, a new random number (0 or 1) is picked from the quantumly-generated live stream. This number decides which of the two random numbers between 1 and 10 will be displayed to the test-taker.
- The test-taker is shown the first chosen number and is instructed to simultaneously concentrate on that number while trying to "sense" the second number. The idea here: by concentrating on the displayed number, the test-taker is theoretically “sending” that number to the other versions of himself. At the same time, the other versions of himself are theoretically "sending" him the other number.
- The test-taker is instructed to, when they feel ready, select what they think is the other correct number.
- After submitting the answer, a screen informs the test-taker if they were correct or not, and what the correct number was.
- The test-taker can take the test as many times as he/she wants.
- All results are stored in a database. The chances of a person guessing one out of nine random numbers correctly on the first try is 11.11%. The project will examine if there is a slight deviation from the expected result, specifically for longer-delay responses. If there is some slight communication between human brains in parallel universes, it might show up as a higher-than-expected percentage for test results.