Erwin Schrödinger tackled the Copenhagen interpretation by using a Cat, which became known as Schrödinger’s Cat. His thought experiment presented a scenario where the cat in question was both alive and dead at the same time. Schrödinger explained that in his thought experiment he placed the cat in a box with a flask of poison and a radioactive source. If an internal monitor detects radioactivity then the flask is shattered, releasing the poison that kills the cat. Clearly Schrödinger was a dog man, not a cat man! The problem is that after a while the cat is seen to be simultaneously alive and dead. Yet if someone looks in the box, the cat is seen as either alive or dead, not both.
Schrödinger’s Cat Becomes a Ghost
So, where am I going with all this I hear you shout! Well the basis of Schrödinger’s thought experiment is the question of when reality collapses into one possibility or another. This result usually becomes understood when observed. However what if in an environment with more variables, some of which are not entirely understood by us, reality doesn’t completely collapse into one possibility, but is shaped in part by the observer too?
Schrödinger’s Ghost – A Thought Experiment
Imagine a thought experiment if you will. Imagine a room situated in an old building that is several hundred years old. The room only has one access door, which you are stood outside. As you’re stood outside the room, which you’ve never been in before, you can imagine roughly what to expect when you open the door. This expectation is built from your experience, your belief system, your faith, your education and from information you may have been passed regarding the room. This expectation has set the probable boundaries of what the room maybe. At the very least you’ve an understanding of the shape and size of the room. As for the contents well that expectation is set by any information you may have on the room. However, what if the room is far from set. In fact what if the rooms location or at least it’s entrance is all we know. What if time in that room isn’t set either, which means any time frame within the room is possible, but only realised once we observe it.
With these possibilities in place perhaps time and events only settle once we observe the room ourselves. Oddly if this is the case then maybe a room like this could echo events or individuals previously in the room. Hence they may sometimes overlap as the room settles to the observers understanding of that reality. Which in turn provides us with our ghosts.
The Problem with Schrödinger’s Ghost
The fundamental problem with this is that we observe time as linear and trust our interpretation of the world around us. I suppose therefore that attempting to visualise the unseen world as currently at a state of flux at least as far as time is considered is a little bit of a leap of faith. Still let’s throw that linear understanding of time out of the window for this and buy into the concept that all time events exist within the room until observed when they collapse into a known singular reality.
Now if we bring three people into the room; 1) The Believer, 2)The Non-Believer and 3)The Undecided. Now although the room will present itself as a particular reality that all three may agree upon, there may also be variations to that reality based on the perception of each person. The Believer for example may hear, see or receive types of communication from beyond the time based reality they exist in. This could be perceived as spiritual communication both localised in space and time, but may not necessarily be the case. The Non-Believer may see only a simple room located in their space and time, with no evidence that the contents of this room may have been anything apart from what is seen. However the Undecided person may have confused understanding of the room, perhaps constantly questioning the events and experience he has within it. Sound familiar?
The Interesting Thing About Space and Time
The concept I’m suggesting here is that where we often attribute the survival of someone’s consciousness to a spirit and believe it exists in our own space time, we could in fact be mistaken. As much as we may believe and be convinced by communications from spirits which appear to prove knowledge from beyond the grave; can we really say that the source is that which we believe it to be. This paradox has continued to prevent proof of survival for many years and may continue to do so.
Could our experience of ghosts and spirits be temporal shadows and echoes? Until we can truly observe them and understand them they may constantly remain just beyond our understanding, Schrödinger’s Ghost.
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The late Edgar Michell, astronaut and founder of IONS, believed that EVPs were past holograms – whatever that meant. My book, ‘Spirits, Aliens, or….’ ( due for reprinting), also addresses the same question. PS Where are all the Chinese on the ‘Other Side’ ?
I’m sure there are some out there to be found. Thank you for your comment, I like the theory, must look into it.
I think you may have something here. I remember reading that when Matthew Manning was young, there was at least one occasion when he encountered a person from a few hundred years previously in his house and the latter insisted that it was 1650 or whatever and wouldn’t believe it was 1970 or whatever. Maybe it wasn’t the guy’s spirit that Matthew detected – maybe in his relaxed state Matthew actually experienced being in 1650, thus producing two time periods in one room simultaneously.
Thank you. We must explore all possibilities of this phenomena. It could be imagination or at least something similar, but equally it could be a spirit still present at the location or multiple time frames. I’m just throwing my thoughts out there. Just a little philosophical theory 🙂
Re Matthew Manning – do we know if the house in which a 1650s personage was seen, actually existed in 1650? And as a house in 1650 would be so different from a current house – large rooms, tall ceilings, huge flat glass windows (all relative, of course), the bit about him being convinced it was 1650 seems a bit, hmmmm. Of course, if it was an apparition, stuck in a time-knot, that would be more “normal.” If I remember correctly Mathew was born in Paddington – which in 1650 would be miles outside London, fields, cattle – no wide roads – 1650? The man from the past should have been mentally overwhelmed and quite disturbed.
Correction to my previous remarks, Manning went to Oakham school, in a town of that name, a place of some antiquity, and birthplace of Titus Oates. I will therefore correct my ‘hmmmm’ to ‘hmm….”
Okay in my mind if I may and again I stress this just my mind to ponder the possibilities, not state fact. In my mind, it’s most likely that the individual from the earlier time frame here may firstly not be aware of the individual from the later time frame, thus appear stone tape theory wise. If however he is equally aware then this would probably match the spiritual communications experienced. Still we must remember that the guy from the earlier time frame is still governed by his own beliefs, education, knowledge, understanding and thus would likely observe the environment to be more similar to what he’s used to, including the time frame. The point is we often perceive things according to a certain set criteria that we are engineered to follow through belief, education, experience, etc.