A hypothesis is a proposed explanation for an observable phenomenon. In other words, it is an educated guess about reality. Scientists test their hypotheses by running experiments.
If your thoughts create your reality, then what happens when a scientist formulates a hypothesis? Is the outcome of an experiment predetermined by the scientists thoughts, and if so, then why bother running any experiments at all?
What is happening in the case where the outcome of the experiment does not support the scientist's hypothesis? Did the scientist just not believe strongly enough in the hypothesis?
Indeed, why bother running any experiments?
Reality can be molded into whatever you choose. So observing something that has already been manifested by others and cataloging it and then proposing it as the the truth only works as long as other independent thinkers don't come along in the future and manifest a different reality to observe.
Quantum physics has been proposing for some time now that the observer of the experiment influences the outcome.
And I would say that this doesn't just operate on the quantum level but on the macroscopic worldly level too because of the operation of the Law of Attraction.
If a scientist conducted an experiment isolated from the rest of the world, by themselves, and mentally cast aside all external influences (which is impossible anyway), then they would only find the evidence that backed up their pure, personal beliefs about the result they expected.
But, as I understand it, most scientists do not operate in a knowledge vacuum. So their beliefs are a mish-mash of other people's existing ideas and theories about the subject, whether they are going to get extra funding, what their boss thinks about their results, what they grew up believing, what their colleagues are thinking and a multitude of other factors.
Their results are going to reflect that mish-mash of vibrational inputs and expectations.
It always amuses me when people come up with proof that the Law of Attraction does not work because of this and that - and then they point to their evidence that backs up their beliefs...which only proves to me that the Law of Attraction is operating as consistently as it ever has. :)
That's the problem with trying to prove anything you believe. The Law of Attraction will always enable you to find evidence to prove it even if that evidence supposedly disproves the existence of the Law of Attraction.
As Yoda would say...tricky, this proof business is.
answered 15 Nov '09, 08:22
The nature of a hypothesis is that is still in a state of flux, unproven until experimentation produces enough empirical evidence (measurements) to confirm it. So by its very nature, the hypothesis is a "tentative answer." If I scientist truly withholds judgment until the results are manifest, then the hypothesis is not creating reality.
Whether or not the observation of the experiment's results influences the outcome (as has been proposed by some theorists in quantum physics) remains to be seen. In fact, the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that the set of all possible states that an object can have "undergoes collapse into a definite state only at the exact moment of quantum measurement." The Schrödinger's cat thought experiment was a critique of the Copenhagen interpretation, through which Schrödinger was pointing out what he understood to be a problem with that interpretation.
Perhaps there is a difference between what an observer of an experiment sees and what is actually measured. An observer may see the cat lying still inside the box that was just opened and say, "The cat is dead!" But then measurements are taken and another says, "No, its heart is beating. It's alive!"
I will agree with Stingray's statement that "beliefs are a mish-mash of other people's existing ideas and theories about the subject," but I suggest that reality itself is a mish-mash of many existing versions vying for dominance.
They don't "just make it up".
Scientists see some, come to a belief about it, research it and observe it even more, and the idea gets bigger and bigger with more focus.
"Energy flows where attention goes."
As the idea grows bigger and bigger with more momentum/focus, they believe it more and more, and more and more "evidence" is manifested to prove themselves correct.
Awareness/Thought is first, everything else (objects/religions/laws/science) is second.
answered 17 Aug '15, 00:53
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