# Our Wave Function is Already in a Collapsed State

By Amil Imani

*“We are not down to a single, unique universe, but our findings imply a significant reduction of the multiverse, to a much smaller range of possible universes.” — Stephen Hawking.*

The concept of wave function collapse in quantum mechanics is fundamental to understanding quantum particles. The wave function of a quantum particle describes its state in a mathematical form. It is a solution of a wave equation, a second-order differential equation. The wave function can’t tell you what you will find out about a quantum object when you observe it – whether it’s over here, over there, spinning this way, turning that way. Instead, it gives you up-to-date, thoroughly reliable odds on which of many possibilities you will see if you take many measurements of identical objects.

The wave function collapse is the process that changes the state of a quantum particle from a superposition of states to a single state. It is a critical concept in the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. It states that looking at a quantum object “collapses” its wave function, jolting it from a shadowy netherworld into a definite reality.

So, when we say, “We are particles, and our wave function is already in a collapsed state,” it means that our physical existence, as particles, is already in a definite state. This results from the wave function collapse, where our wave function has already collapsed into a single state. This does not mean that our form is fixed or unchanging. We are still in a part quantum state, and because of this, we are evolving. The state of a quantum particle can change due to interactions with its environment or other particles.

Our daily interactions, experiences, desires, and efforts keep changing and help us evolve, thus moving us from one state to another. At the moment, in the state of observation and as observed entities, our wave function collapses. From moment to moment, we change, and we are still quantum beings.

To clarify things, consider a photon moving towards a photographic plate. When it hits the scale, it’s absorbed by an electron in the container. With this interaction, its position is definite. It’s no longer simply a set of possibilities. It has changed things in the physical universe. The photographic plate has created and recorded information. This can’t be undone. The wave function has decohered. Decoherence has occurred. It is in a state of NOW!

The concept of wave function collapse is not, therefore, definite. If we interpret his phenomenon in another way, the wave function never collapses but continues to evolve. In the Many Worlds interpretation, for example, the wave function encounters many atoms. Each atom has strong electric fields, which affect the evolution of the part of the wave function near it. There are many states that the electron could enter, each describing the electron after encountering a different atom. The actual electron state is a superposition of all of them.

Let’s consider the holographic nature of the universe. The universe we currently see and observe is just a hologram. It is possible that similar universes that are a result of the many other outcomes can exist simultaneously, and we are a part of each – or, to put it precisely, we are in each. However, our act of observing pertains to just this holographic projection. So, observing constricts our probabilities to just one definite outcome – and that is what we see.

In an actual holographic projection, a 3-D image is encoded on a two-dimensional surface, such as in a hologram on a credit card. This can then be projected into a 3-D image. This would prompt us to say that the entire universe is encoded in some two-dimensional field. But where is that field? Now, for a moment, if we digress and think about it, we realize that we are the ones who are projecting. Our existence is part of the observation that creates the universe around us. We are part of a higher-dimensional existence. As we know, understand, and perceive our existence, it is a 2-D surface. And we are integral to the creation of the universe around us.

*“We are not down to a single, unique universe, but our findings imply a significant reduction of the multiverse, to a much smaller range of possible universes” — Stephen Hawking.*

The concept of wave function collapse in quantum mechanics is fundamental to understanding quantum particles. The wave function of a quantum particle describes its state in a mathematical form. It is a solution of a wave equation, a second-order differential equation. The wave function can’t tell you what you will find out about a quantum object when you observe it – whether it’s over here, over there, spinning this way, turning that way. Instead, it gives you up-to-date, thoroughly reliable odds on which of many possibilities you will see if you take many measurements of identical objects.

The wave function collapse is the process that changes the state of a quantum particle from a superposition of states to a single state. It is a critical concept in the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. It states that looking at a quantum object “collapses” its wave function, jolting it from a shadowy netherworld into a definite reality.

So, when we say, “We are particles, and our wave function is already in a collapsed state,” it means that our physical existence, as particles, is already in a definite state. This results from the wave function collapse, where our wave function has already collapsed into a single state. This does not mean that our form is fixed or unchanging. We are still in a part quantum state, and because of this, we are evolving. The state of a quantum particle can change due to interactions with its environment or other particles.

Our daily interactions, experiences, desires, and efforts keep changing and help us evolve, thus moving us from one state to another. At the moment, in the state of observation and as observed entities, our wave function collapses. From moment to moment, we change, and we are still quantum beings.

To clarify things, consider a photon moving towards a photographic plate. When it hits the scale, it’s absorbed by an electron in the container. With this interaction, its position is definite. It’s no longer simply a set of possibilities. It has changed things in the physical universe. The photographic plate has created and recorded information. This can’t be undone. The wave function has decohered. Decoherence has occurred. It is in a state of NOW!

The concept of wave function collapse is not, therefore, definite. If we interpret his phenomenon in another way, the wave function never collapses but continues to evolve. In the Many Worlds interpretation, for example, the wave function encounters many atoms. Each atom has strong electric fields, which affect the evolution of the part of the wave function near it. There are many states that the electron could enter, each describing the electron after encountering a different atom. The actual electron state is a superposition of all of them.

Let’s consider the holographic nature of the universe. The universe we currently see and observe is just a hologram. It is possible that similar universes that are a result of the many other outcomes can exist simultaneously, and we are a part of each – or, to put it precisely, we are in each. However, our act of observing pertains to just this holographic projection. So, observing constricts our probabilities to just one definite outcome – and that is what we see.

In an actual holographic projection, a 3-D image is encoded on a two-dimensional surface, such as in a hologram on a credit card. This can then be projected into a 3-D image. This would prompt us to say that the entire universe is encoded in some two-dimensional field. But where is that field? Now, for a moment, if we digress and think about it, we realize that we are the ones who are projecting. Our existence is part of the observation that creates the universe around us. We are part of a higher-dimensional existence. As we know, understand, and perceive our existence, it is a 2-D surface. And we are integral to the creation of the universe around us.

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