Daily Nugget of Gold 1556

How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.” – Niels Bohr

Daily Nugget of Gold 1556

Evidence for Reverse Causality

We’re actually on our way to showing that reverse causality is likely a myth, but before we can do that, we need to examine the evidence carefully which seems to show that it’s real. If we ran an experiment in which we had a random number generator of some sort to run a string of numbers- ones and zeros, not looked at the results, and then afterward asked someone to “use their intent” to produce more ones or more zeros, would it be statistically significant enough of a difference to be able to be measured? With a few caveats, yes, it could be.

What caveats are we talking about? Either the person needs to be unaware of the fact that the data has already been produced OR they would have to believe their intent is powerful enough to skew the results on an event that already happened. One more major caveat is a strange one- we (the scientists) cannot examine the data first before the experiment is run and quantify it beforehand. That last caveat is actually crucial, too- more crucial than any other. There’s your first hint that reverse causality may not exist.

These kind of experiments have been run on century-old patient outcomes about such things as the average length of stay in a hospital. If we have a pile of data that we haven’t yet examined, and we divide it up into groups and ask people to use their mental influence, their intent, to either increase or decrease the average hospital stay of people who were in a hospital over 100 years ago in some of those groups, it can be shown that we seem to be able to statistically do that within a certain range. That range is small, but it is measurable and the experiment can be run again and again and checked against a control group as to whether or not mind influenced the numbers.

There’s our caveat in bold up there in that last paragraph. If before we run this experiment, we determine exactly what the average stay is for a particular group, intent cannot skew the number. At all. Why does the average length of a hospital stay need to stay a secret to the scientists running the experiment until after a person tries to use their intent to sway the average either up or down? The answer to that question isn’t really reassuring to scientists. In fact, it’s been the stuff of massive frustration on their part for a long time now.

We’ll leave off here for today and revisit the topic tomorrow as we delve deeper into what is happening in this reality we live in. See you then!

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

What makes my reality real to me, and what would I do without that?”

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