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Does consciousness explain quantum mechanics?

One of the most perplexing aspects of quantum mechanics is that tiny subatomic particles don’t seem to “choose” a state until an outside observer measures it. The act of measurement converts all the vague possibilities of what could happen into a definite, concrete outcome. While the mathematics of quantum mechanics provides rules for how that process works, that math doesn’t really explain what that means in practical terms. 

One idea is that consciousness (opens in new tab)— an awareness of our own selves and the impact we have on our surroundings   — plays a key role in measurement and that it’s our experience of the universe that converts it from merely imagined to truly real. 

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