Crowe, UFOs, vision distortion…

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Russell Crowe's UFO picture

Russell Crowe claims he has caught a UFO on camera. Many others refute this claim by “explaining” the visual effect seen with a much more “logical” way. (1, 2, 3, 4)

It is true that UFO camera pictures are often attributed to mirror lense / optical system distortions from a passing sailing boat.

But what if our sense of vision if not a collection of such “distortions” in our optical system lenses?

Who has the authority to decide which distortions are “valid” ?

Rats, senses, reality…

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US researchers have effectively given laboratory rats a “sixth sense” using an implant in their brains. (1)

An experimental device allowed the rats to “touch” infrared light – which is normally invisible to them.

The team at Duke University fitted the rats with an infrared detector wired up to microscopic electrodes that were implanted in the part of their brains that processes tactile information. (see the paper “Perceiving invisible light through a somatosensory cortical prosthesis” here)

It is amazing how we can alter our barin or sensor organs to “see” or “feel” things we normally cannot “see” or “feel”. But this also poses great questions on the valitity of our senses overall. If they can be modified so easily, which guarantees us that they are “correct”? What really lies in this layer we call “reality”?

At the end, we are all blind. Deaf. Speechless.

Walking through walls, QM, Reality…

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What exactly is “real”? How do you know that your dreams are “not real”? Because your mother told you so. How do you know that the wall you see in front of you is “real”? Because you see it. And because other people see it too.

But not all people see the same. And surely not all animals see the same. Is what an X-Ray telescope “real”? If your eyes used the infrared spectrum and did not even see the wall, would that “reality” be “real”?

And what if someone does not see the wall? Well, easy. You just name him “crazy” or “ill” and the problem is “solved”.

But what if he tries to pass through the wall and crash on it? Well, quantum mechanics (QM) has the solution for that too. An electron, in Newtonian mechanics, can be stuck on one side of an impenetrable barrier. In QM, however, its wave function can be partly on one side of a barrier and partly on the other side at the same time, which allows for the possibility of “tunneling”, a common effect in semiconductors. Interestingly, this theory does not only apply to subatomic particles, but also to macroscopic objects like me, you and Donald Trump’s hair. Since our bodies are composed of particles, each of which are just wave functions, your body is simply the superposition of these zillions of wave functions, thereby creating its own “macroscopic” wave function. Theoretically, for this reason, you have a finite probability of passing through a wooden door, much like the electron tunneling effect. All of our particles should be coherent, like in a laser, but again this has a “good” (i.e. above zero) probability of happening. [1]

Don’t try this at home though. There is a legend talking about a Thibetan monk who concentrated too much in order to try to pass through a wall. He did manage to start passing through the wall but because he lost his concentration at some point he was left stuck into the wall and died.

Weird is part of Nature.

Weird is part of Reality.

And more and more evidence indicate that the “reality” we see is not the same as the reality seen by other organisms or even by other humans. Until we find out the truth, let us not be so arrogant as to claim that “this wall exists”. Maybe one day we will suddenly cross through it…