Quantum Experiment Shows How “Time” Doesn’t Exist As We Think It Does (Mind-Altering)

Quantum Experiment Shows How “Time” Doesn’t Exist As We Think It Does (Mind-Altering)
“We choose to examine a phenomenon which is impossible, absolutely impossible, to explain in any classical way, and which has in it the heart of quantum mechanics. In reality, it contains the only mystery.” Richard Feynman, a Nobel laureate of the twentieth century (Radin, Dean. Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences In A Quantum Reality. New York, Paraview Pocket Books, 2006)
The concept of “time” is a weird one, and the world of quantum physics is even weirder. There is no shortage of observed phenomena which defy our understanding of logic, bringing into play thoughts, feelings, emotions – consciousness itself, and a post-materialist view of the universe. This fact is no better illustrated than by the classic double slit experiment, which has been used by physicists (repeatedly) to explore the role of consciousness and its role in shaping/affecting physical reality. (source) The dominant role of a physical material (Newtonian) universe was dropped the second quantum mechanics entered into the equation and shook up the very foundation of science, as it continues to do today.
“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulating consciousness.” – Max Planck, theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918
There is another groundbreaking, weird experiment that also has tremendous implications for understanding the nature of our reality, more specifically, the nature of what we call “time.”
It’s known as the “delayed-choice” experiment, or “quantum eraser,” and it can be considered a modified version of the double slit experiment.
To understand the delayed choice experiment, you have to understand the quantum double slit experiment.
In this experiment, tiny bits of matter (photons, electrons, or any atomic-sized object) are shot towards a screen that has two slits in it. On the other side of the screen, a high tech video camera records where each photon lands. When scientists close one slit, the camera will show us an expected pattern, as seen in the video below. But when both slits are opened, an “interference pattern” emerges – they begin to act like waves. This doesn’t mean that atomic objects are observed as a wave (even though it recently has been ovserved as a wave), they just act that way. It means that each photon individually goes through both slits at the same time and interferes with itself, but it also goes through one slit, and it goes through the other. Furthermore, it goes through neither of them. The single piece of matter becomes a “wave” of potentials, expressing itself in the form of multiple possibilities, and this is why we get the interference pattern.
How can a single piece of matter exist and express itself in multiple states, without any physical properties, until it is “measured” or “observed?” Furthermore, how does it choose which path, out of multiple possibilities, it will take?
Then, when an “observer” decides to measure and look at which slit the piece of matter goes through, the “wave” of potential paths collapses into one single path. The particle goes from becoming, again, a “wave” of potentials into one particle taking a single route. It’s as if the particle knows it’s being watched. The observer has some sort of effect on the behavior of the particle.
This quantum uncertainty is defined as the ability, “according to the quantum mechanic laws that govern subatomic affairs, of a particle like an electron to exist in a murky state of possibility — to be anywhere, everywhere or nowhere at all — until clicked into substantiality by a laboratory detector or an eyeball.” (New York Times)
According to physicist Andrew Truscott, lead researcher from a study published by the Australian National University, the experiment suggests that “reality does not exist unless we are looking at it.” It suggests that we are living in a holographic-type of universe. (source)
Delayed Choice/Quantum Eraser/Time
So, how is all of this information relevant to the concept of time? Just as the double slit experiment illustrates how factors associated with consciousness collapse the quantum wave function (a piece of matter existing in multiple potential states) into a single piece of matter with defined physical properties (no longer a wave, all those potential states collapsed into one), the delayed choice experiment illustrates how what happens in the present can change what happens(ed) in the past. It also shows how time can go backwards, how cause and effect can be reversed, and how the future caused the past.
Like the quantum double slit experiment, the delayed choice/quantum eraser has been demonstrated and repeated time and time again. For example, Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) have conducted John Wheeler’s delayed-choice thought experiment, the findings were recently published in the journal Nature Physics. (source)
In 2007 (Science 315, 966, 2007), scientists in France shot photons into an apparatus and showed that their actions could retroactively change something which had already happened.
“If we attempt to attribute an objective meaning to the quantum state of a single system, curious paradoxes appear: quantum effects mimic not only instantaneous action-at-a-distance, but also, as seen here, influence of future actions on past events, even after these events have been irrevocably recorded.” – Asher Peres, pioneer in quantum information theory (source)(source)(source)
The list literally goes on and on, and was first brought to the forefront by John Wheeler, in 1978, which is why I am going to end this article with his explanation of the delayed choice experiment. He believed that this experiment was best explained on a cosmic scale.
Cosmic Scale Explanation
He asks us to imagine a star emitting a photon billions of years ago, heading in the direction of planet Earth. In between, there is a galaxy. As a result of what’s known as “gravitational lensing,” the light will have to bend around the galaxy in order to reach Earth, so it has to take one of two paths, go left or go right. Billions of years later, if one decides to set up an apparatus to “catch” the photon, the resulting pattern would be (as explained above in the double slit experiment) an interference pattern. This demonstrates that the photon took one way, and it took the other way.
One could also choose to “peek” at the incoming photon, setting up a telescope on each side of the galaxy to determine which side the photon took to reach Earth. The very act of measuring or “watching” which way the photon comes in means it can only come in from one side. The pattern will no longer be an interference pattern representing multiple possiblities, but a single clump pattern showing “one” way.
What does this mean? It means how we choose to measure “now” affects what direction the photon took billions of years ago. Our choice in the present moment affected what had already happened in the past….
This makes absolutely no sense, which is a common phenomenon when it comes to quantum physics. Regardless of our ability make sense of it, it’s real.
This experiment also suggests that quantum entanglement (which has also been verified, read more about that here) exists regardless of time. Meaning two bits of matter can actually be entangled, again, in time.
Time as we measure it and know it, doesn’t really exist.


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  1. there was a scientist, forgive me for not remembering who, who wanted to call all the mysterious stuff in the universe, including unseen things, the ether. He was ridiculed for a LONG time, because scientists couldn’t fathom something being there that they could not see. Now we call it dark matter, or dark energy. What else do they call it? Ether.

  2. Delayed Choice is one of my single favourite experiments. Mostly because it goes some way to suggesting my assertion that Einstein got the whole space is directly linked with time, producing a single entity known as space/time completely wrong.

    I firmly believe (and there’s currently no proof to back me up yet but I’ve never let that stop me before) that time is a side effect of motion.

  3. Guys, we didn’t /don’t create anything. We were created by God. We just are too proud to admit that we don’t know everything. Everytime some new concept arises, we jump out and laud ourselves as if we are something greater than we are. We are just trying to figure things out and how it was made to fit around us and how we fit within it. There exists a spiritual dimension that existed before the physical and it’s governed by more complex rules. Let’s just calm down and praise the Lord for His omniscient power. He alone knows the end from the beginning.

  4. If I am reborn someday, I think I would like to come back as a Peeping Quanta. That way, if I was discovered while Peeping in on some nubile young female and she slammed the window closed, I could go through the other window simultaneously and still be able to peep at her just fine even though she would think she had blocked my view. 🙂

    • I believe so Carl,simply because we believe that without humans there would be no time. Yet it is my belief that in the beginning the NOTHING became everything you and I have come from. Basically for people to understand how it works,well unfortunately there is no room for NOTHINGO LIGY in most people’s lives.

  5. Everything was created by us Illusion Matrix system, wee are the creator, wee create everything ,Carl, think about our planet earth being empty space, without human life on earth,without time /space/ would anything exist? everything doesn’t exist because wee created Illusion and Reality,for us to be here,everything exist due to the fact of us, if there wore no human or life on earth, how could anything exist?

  6. Everything exit because wee created, and everything was created by us,for us to be here on earth time/space value/gravity,everything exist because wee created Illusion, and Reality for us to experience,things do not just exist, itself,wee created everything.

  7. Derek, why do you think that time is a space/time/gravity and change the value? time space/time/gravity, is only an Illusion, if wee didn’t create space/time value and gravity, time wouldn’t never exist,everything exist because wee created with Matrix system.

  8. They commonly talk about the space-time continuum. That is incorrect, though. What it actually is, is a space/time/gravity continuum—whenever you change the value of one of those things, the values of the other two change at the same time.

  9. We didn’t create time, we just created ways to measure it. It’s like money, which is a fictional representation of wealth. Both only exist because enough people have bought into the concepts.

  10. Time, it does Exist here on earth because wee created time, for us to be here, but time doesn’t Exist out of space further way in the Galaxy, time/space/ value and gravity does exist because wee created,by our Matrix System.

  11. Time is totally irrelevant in space! E=MC2 translates to kinetic energy produced by mass times speed of light. However, while traversing the galaxies, Einstein formulae is obsolete since time becomes a fabric of space itself and thus, Alien space crafts are traveling at speeds faster than speed of light by distorting space into wormholes or short cuts!

  12. well, my understanding is that, time it does exist here on earth,wee created the time, for us to be here, but out of space out there in the galaxy time doesn’t exist, am I correct!

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