Originally Posted by Mark Lapierre
And yet all the theories are based on observed phenomena. In fact that's one of the requirements of a theory. It must agree with what we observe. And we observe a chair to be real.
Exactly - that is what I have been saying. Observation is key to reality.
And even more importantly, quantum theory deals with events at a quantum level. At the macroscopic level that we all exist in, quantum effects disappear.
This is plainly incorrect. For instance, I know of events at the subatomic level which caused the massive breakdowns of 2 much larger, more complicated, and highly observable macro systems.
The 2 much larger, more complicated systems and highly observable systems were known as Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
If you prefer less dramatic examples of quantum events producing effects observable at the macroscopic level, you can, for example, google "Sayantani Ghosh" and "macroscopic" and see for yourself. Or click here: The weirdest link
Since this isn't a thread about quantum theory I'll leave it at this... Look up quantum teleportation to see why quantum theory does not imply that thoughts can effect matter, or be transmitted instantly (nevermind transmitted at all).
Well, as none other than Sir Roger Penrose has said, quantum physics will always be incomplete until it properly accommodates the role of consciousness in reality.
If however you would like to know about a peer-reviewed, double-blind experiment demonstrating thought affecting matter, I would refer you to Professor Dean Radin's successful replication of Masaru Emoto's "thoughts affect the molecular structure of water" experiments (Radin's experiment being conducted under much more tightly controlled scientific expriments.
You may also wish to consider the following:
1. Thinking generates electrical impulses in your brain
2. Electrical impulses means the movement of subatomic particles (electrons) in your brain
3. Quantum entanglement clearly indicates that the movement of each such electron in your brain will instantaneously affect every other subatomic particle which each such electron has ever collided with, since such electron came into existence (never mind that the other subatomic particle is now on the other side of planet earth or the solar system).