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Don’t Panic, but Physicists in Australia Just Proved Reality Doesn’t Exist

Get ready to have your mind blown. According to an experiment led by two physicists in Australia, reality doesn’t exist. Turn on, tune in, and drop out man, because the world as you know it is all kinds of weird, at least on a quantum level.

Andrew Truscott and Roman Khakimov of The Australian National University used atoms to put a John Wheeler delayed-choice thought experiment to practical use. The Wheeler thought experiments ask, in theory, at what point does an object decide to act like one thing or another.

Truscott and Khakimov’s team used what is assumed to be extremely expensive and complex scientific equipment to trap a single helium atom and then drop it through a pair of laser beams that formed a scattered grating pattern. 

Another set of lasers was then added at random intervals to recombine the beams, which, on a quantum level, made it seem like the single atom had traveled two different paths along the beams. When the second set of lasers was taken away, the atom seemed as if it only chose to go on one beam.

Are you still with us? Does your head hurt? Quantum physics is known to do that.

According to Truscott, “If one chooses to believe that the atom really did take a particular path or paths, then one has to accept that a future measurement is affecting the atom’s past. The atoms did not travel from A to B. It was only when they were measured at the end of the journey that their wave-like or particle-like behavior was brought into existence.”

Instead of the common sense argument that the atom either went down one path or the other regardless of where it ended up, the quantum physics explanation says otherwise. 

Whether you observed the atom going down one path or two only depends on how it was measured at the end of its micro-sized and kind of improbable journey, which in a sense means reality itself doesn’t exist unless you’re observing it.

If it makes you feel any better, this particular experiment is only feasible at the quantum level, and would be nearly impossible to apply to everyday life. But it also shows that fabric of space/time is absolutely nuts and hardly makes any sense. But don’t worry, reality doesn’t exist anyway.    

Source www.inverse.com

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85 Comments on "Don’t Panic, but Physicists in Australia Just Proved Reality Doesn’t Exist"

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Ah …. What… ??..

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The double slit experiment.
It is not new
but real.
Worth a youtube view.

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YouTube
Knowledge Highway…👊

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Ye nahi sudhrege Nishant Pratap Singh Rajput

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Aussie Aussie Aussie!!!

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It never did.

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Excellent! Double dessert tonight.

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lay off the drugs , seriously , if reality didnt exist then theres some explaining to do cause i keep getting tickets from the cops and if i said these tickets dont exist then the cops dont either , then id be on drugs like these physicists are on

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The universe is real to us so thus it does exist

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So, what the heck am I stuck in?!

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I knew this was to fucked to be real.

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God is, therefore, so are we… ✌

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I could just as easily decide quantum mechanics is not real. It’s just in the mind of the beholders, the scientists that did this “experiment”. Creationists could say, according quantum mechanical expectations, , that they created the results when they created the experiment.

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Good I cease to pay my bills further lol

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Sharon Elaine we knew this the whole time

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This is an old experiment and it’s called the double slit experiment

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So if reality doesn’t exist then our theory doesn’t exist either .

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So that means am just imagining that I am up to my neck in debts..

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Debt is the biggest illusion out there. And it keeps everyone in line. Which is what the government wants.

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Si they finally figured it out…… 🙂

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Chelsea Burger how many times have we had this conversation

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You can use statistics to prove anything. 78% of people know that.

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It’s actually 78.55231%
But I’ll let you off

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Iv been on to this for at least the last 5 years I’m just embarrassed I never clicked earlier

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The pain will always be real.

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I’m watching that movie, right now.

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In Washington DC, It Does Not Exist!

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Soooo how come we see ppl die and watch it on the news? Hm i knew everything was fake lol

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Try to think of it as we don’t need this human form to live. Think of it as your soul or conscious is what lives on, even after your body dies.

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We are the universe experiencing it self therefore the universe doesn’t even it exist but we do.

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Its good to know that i aint the only one who thinks that
Way😏

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Nice one, been thinking this for years. They go hand in hand.. Us and the universe… Without life to perceive it (create it?) it’s nothing… Doesn’t even exist… But then that black area where no life exists… Would not be within what we call time… So that time period wouldn’t exist either… Life can only perceive something – not nothing… So arguably, there is always something, there is always life… Like what happens when we sleep at night and forget the dream… Passes instantly

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Let me punch you in the face see how real that is ☁☁

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