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  1. #1 Would this experiment prove or disprove that consciousness causes wave function collapse? 
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    Firstly i would like to say that i am not advocating the need for a conscious observer to collapse the wave function but i just want to know whether the methodology behind this experiment would prove or disprove this idea. The experiment would be similar to the quantum eraser experiment except for there is no detector B and eraser, just detector A. In the original experiment detector A destroys the which path information of the original photon, and thus no interference pattern is produced. However in this version whilst destroying the which path information the data is being produced but there is no conscious observer at the detector so that the measurements are being made but nobody can see them. If a clump pattern is produced one could deduce that just measurement without a conscious observer causes collapse, but if an interference pattern is produced one could conclude that a conscious observer is needed to collapse the wave function collapse, because not having a conscious observer at the detector and destroying the which path information puts to the test whether it is just purely the act of measurement which causes the wave function to collapse due to the lack of a conscious being present. Would this experiment prove or disprove that consciousness causes wave function collapse?


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    The experiment doesn't need a conscious observer, only a recorder.


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