Here's my interpretation.DavidB wrote:The double slit experiment proved two things, that a particle can behave like a wave, and that observation of an experiment can and does influence the result.
This says two things to me.
1) The wave influences the field in which it moves, appearing to behave as a wave, when not observed.
2) The observer further influences the field, disrupting the wave, causing it to appear as a particle. The observer then, is in some regard, another wave of influence.
Where two waves merge, there is a crest. So a particle in my estimation, is a crest of a wave.This can influence our perception of consciousness, or at least the potentiality and emergent properties of consciousness.The field in this regard could be hypothesized to be the field of consciousness, and the waves the potential, and the intersecting waves the emergent properties. Or something like that.
'The observer' in this case, does not mean 'human observer'. Let me put it this way. I'm the farthest thing from a materialist, but I also understand how grossly misinterpreted the double slit experiment has become around spiritual circles. It's led people to believe that nothing exists until a human observer looks at it which is such an incredibly limited perspective and a dangerously mistaken perspective, failing to take into account that consciousness already exists at every level including the smallest particle in existence.
In the actual experiment, there is nothing about 'observation'. It's merely 'measurement' which has somehow gotten confused with 'human observation'. Basically, it's the interaction between particles that too can also produce the 'observer' effect. Meaning that again, consciousness exists within a particle itself.
A human perspective of consciousness, is merely one potential avenue of experience, while the experience of a tree, a rock, a cell, a particle, a gaseous substance is another experience. The Universe existed well before humans inhabited it as well as the plethora of evidence of incarnated souls into rocks, trees, plants, objects, particles, cells, gaseous substances and non physical realities and the like, meaning everything perfectly exists as it is, whether a human observes it or not.
So, with that said, observation merely means measurement and can come from any other perspective, even another particle's interaction which will produce the same collapse of wave form. I don't know much about psychics, but makes a lot more sense than the way it is generally interpreted in certain spiritual circles.
Just my take.