Another article not written to me but sent in by Mark Davis.

In 1961 British archaeologist turned parapsychologist Thomas Charles Lethbridge came up with the concept of stone tape to explain ghosts, he said that ghosts are not the disembodied dead but emotions left by the dead and living, embedded into the surrounding environment as in the walls of a building or into the furniture in a room or even in a tree . With recent advances in quantum field theory Lethbridge’s idea has gained some credibility. So, how might such a phenomena work in the real world? When we experience an emotion it is caused by electromagnetic stimulation of various parts of the brain, causing a cascade of neural transmitter chemicals to be released. Could some of this electromagnetic signal in some way embed into surrounding objects and then in a sense replay it’s self when an observer is present, the majority of objections to this scenario are based on how such embedded information could find enough energy to replay itself. This problem can be solved by the use of ambient energy usually in the form of heat in the air and general environment and if this is the case it would explain why a room suddenly goes cold just before ghost like phenomena occur. Also the act of observation by a conscious observer has profound effects on quantum systems causing the wave function of such a system to collapse. And we must also consider if the observer has ever experienced similar emotions to the ones embedded if so then we may have some sort of sympathetic interaction between the two and indeed could explain why some people see ghosts and not others. Lots of research is going on into quantum computing at the moment and this is just what is needed in this case low energy quantum state information storage and retrieval could once and for all solve this age old question.

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“ghosts are not disembodied dead but emotions left by the dead and living, embedded into the surrounding environment” – it is so relatable.

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Consciousness does not cause wave function collapse. No proponent of consciousness as a quantum mechanism has ever presented it in formal mathematical form. The observer effect describes the effect of physical attempts to measure a quantum system. http://skepticsboot.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/confronting-quantum-woo-double-slit.html?m=1

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Mark Davis the articles writter has asked me to post this link on his behalf https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjRktWWy43TAhWJA8AKHXMaAfQQFgghMAE&url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FVon_Neumann%25E2%2580%2593Wigner_interpretation&usg=AFQjCNFZ7hb8elCAR7IQnK-gheHqRESn0Q&sig2=JzjSgZaAEc4HaYyOQlGoAA

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Thanks Matt, Wigner himself walked back this interpretation of Schrödinger’s cat. Plus, maybe the author of this post can direct me to it if I’m wrong, the Wigner’s friend thought experiment provided no mathematical formalism. The wave function is a mathematical entity, not a physical one. It’s collapse requires a mathematical description. I can describe the boundary conditions of a finite step and its effect on a travelling particle mathematically, why can’t I do the same for consciousness?

I’d love to discuss these issues further with the author of the post, if he requires you to act as a go between that’s agreeable to me.

One particular thing I’d love to share with him is the experimental verification provided by the double slit experiment firmly disproves the hypothesis that consciousness can exist separate from matter AND collapse a quantum wave function. If this hypothesis were true we should expect the wave function of a quantum system to collapse randomly, as disembodied consciousness, undetectable by other means, should be expected to occasionally interfere in the double slit experiment. That fact that we NEVER see this seemingly random collapse shows this hypothesis must be faulty in at least one regard.

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Great article! Whether Consciousness causes wave function collapse or not the phenomena happens way to much to discredit. It’s just something part of the Natural world. An anomaly whose inner workings we have yet to discover.

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That’s a self contradictory statement. Something can’t be a regular obversed phenomena of the natural world and an anomaly! The collapse of the wave function doesn’t even describe a physical phenomena, the wave function being a mathematical representation of traveling wave. It’s dramatic sounding “collapse” simply describes the fact that a wave function prior to measurement can’t be used to describe a quantum system after measurement. If you follow the link above you’ll see in thought experiment one, this collapse can be caused by the interaction of two systems, in which there is no conscience observer.

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…..I’ve said for quite some time myself that psychometric effects, simply an expression of naturally-occurring resonant information transfer between aggregate fields (speech, is the one MOST obvious in our physical experience; others severely limited by remaining sensory instruments and environmental constraints) have since been SIGNIFICANTLY corroborated by breakthroughs, insights into entanglement (not JUST at the quantum, but also relativistic, levels – as should be FULLY expected) physics, within the last half-decade especially…..proof that consciousness (that is to say, a relatively consistent feed of such PERVASIVE, ubiquitous resonant information from all directions defining the forms taken within a composite extant medium) does NOT fall away with ‘death’ / the DENSEST parts of cohered organic systems (i.e., ‘life’) can be found in them as well and this thing referred to as ‘time’, is ENTIRELY subjective, an aspect or product of these conditions, experience of same dependent upon extent of integration…..NONE of us, are ever truly ‘gone’ (NOR were ever truly, ‘here’, AS much as, ‘there’…..)

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Is there a reference for Lethbridge’s thoughts about Stone Tape? It’s not in Ghost and Ghoul but must have come later. For this type of writing, references should really be included or the credibility is nil.

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