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By Ingrid Fredriksson

Through the a long time, the mysteries of what occurs after we die and the character of the human brain have interested us. during this selection of essays, prime scientists and authors give some thought to attention, quantum mechanics, string conception, dimensions, house and time, nonlocal area, the hologram, and the impact of loss of life on attention. even supposing a lot of those themes have usually been thought of concerns for philosophical and non secular debate, advances in smooth technology and specifically the technology of resuscitation have now enabled an aim, medical approach—which bears frequent implications not just for technology yet for all of humanity.

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A particle, of course, is something that is in a determined place and not in several places simultaneously. A wave, on the other had, has a large extension in space. It would appear, therefore, as though nothing could simultaneously be both particle and wave. But Niels Bohr said that the concept of particle and the concept of wave are complementary concepts that together describe reality, although they seem to be mutually exclusive. At the 1927 Solvay Conference mentioned earlier, where Bohr and Einstein clashed, Bohr developed his latest thoughts on the wave-particle duality.

In other words, while in the old physics we try to understand and explain macroscopic objects as functions of the atoms and molecules that form them, in quantum physics à la Bohr we try to describe and characterize atoms in terms that apply solely to macro-objects, for example, our measurement apparatuses. In a paradoxical way, therefore, it is correct to say that electrons, photons, and atoms are “constructed” by measurement instruments and apparatuses. Naturally, the Copenhagen school and its followers consider ordinary measurement apparatuses to consist of atoms, but further than that they will not go.

In one universe, the particle has one property —for example, spin up — while in the other, the spin is down. Otherwise, they are identical. One can show that the two universes are not in a causal connection with each other. My “I” here and my “I” there cannot communicate. For every new quantum measurement or transition, we are split up more and more. The EWG interpretation is mathematically very satisfactory; it solves the measurement problem in an elegant manner, but it is hard to see how one can check it with a laboratory experiment.

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