The double slit experiment proves that electrons are in fact waves but if you try to measure it--- hit it by a photon--the wave function collapses and it behaves as a particle.

The human brain cannot think in any other perspective but space and time.Any thought occuring in the brain is either this goes here or that goes there.Our neuronal signals are hardwired to be processed first by the optic lobe of the brain ( responsible for vision).This is the way the Good God made us and there is nothing we can do about it.

So whenever we even think of an electron--we are in effect hitting it with a photon collapsing it's wave function and making it behave like a particle.

So to all intents and purposes the electron has to be a particle--because even when we are uttering the word electron-- we are thinking about it with signals processed in the optic lobe thus collapsing the wave function.

I would like you readers to comment on this and say whether my viewpoint is right.At the most that can be calculated is finding the probability of THIS PARTICLE in a region os space that is the electron cloud.Is this correct?


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  • $\begingroup$ @Sourav Chatterjee I am afraid I find your description not very useful. I see it this way. An electron is a particle. So is a photon. Unfortunately the physics we use calculates only the probability of observation. That is the only way we can account for single electron diffraction experiment. The electron makes individual spots on screen which merge in due course to the interference pattern. $\endgroup$ – Dr S T Lakshmikumar Jan 12 at 9:11
  • $\begingroup$ It looks like you're suggesting that purely the act of thinking about a specific electron causes its wave function to collapse. Is that what you're proposing? $\endgroup$ – Chappo Jan 12 at 10:48
  • $\begingroup$ Not exactly. Supposing one is thinking of a physics problem involving electrons.In thinking about and solving the problem-- how should he visualise the electron-- as a particle or a wave? Visualising it in the mind's eye is similiar to shooting a photon at the electron and capturing the reflected photon on the retina.This will collapse the wave function.Moral of the post-- when visualising an electron think of it as a particle. $\endgroup$ – Dr.Sourav Chatterjee Jan 12 at 11:05
  • $\begingroup$ Electrons are particles but not solid little balls that reflect photons. When electrons are accelerated even by photons they randomly emit billions of new photons. These faster moving photons will reflect off every surface with some coming back to intercept the moving electrons. This would be a continuous process constantly changing the trajectory until the electron impacts the detection screen. In my opinion you can easily derive a solution Where the electrons are corralled into certain areas creating an interference pattern on the screen. $\endgroup$ – Bill Alsept Jan 12 at 17:39
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    $\begingroup$ Hello Bill, Thank you for your comment I visited your website.Contents are highly interesting and somehow ( I think) ratifies my own perceptions .I am going through the reading material now. Will get back to you.Watch this space. $\endgroup$ – Dr.Sourav Chatterjee Jan 13 at 6:37