How Seeing Blinds Us -Mental Model 061

Observer Effect

The act of observing influences the phenomena being observed.


Example: To observe an electron, a photon must first interact with it—and that photon changes the path of the electronic.


A commonplace example is checking your car’s tire pressure; it is hard to observe it without letting some air out of the tire, thus changing the pressure.


Wisdom: “The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” ― Robertson Davies


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