Can the human mind to influence the physical world?
Perhaps one of the most intriguing and interesting phenomena in quantum physics was that Einstein called "spooky action at a distance", also known as quantum entanglement. This quantum effect is the basis of operation of quantum computers as quantum bits (qubits) to rely on the entanglement process data and information. Also, this phenomenon is the basis of the theory of quantum teleportation possible.
In short: confusing particles affect each other regardless of the distance, since the measurement of the state of one instantly affects the state of the other. However, this process is "terrible", because - in spite of the strict subordination to the laws of quantum physics - the confusion seems to be associated with deeper, but not yet open, the theory. Some physicists are trying to undermine this profound theory, but have not yet found anything definite.
As for the confusion, in 1964, physicist John Bell has developed a well-known test in order to determine whether or not the particles do influence each other. Bell experiment included a pair of entangled particles, one sent at point A and another point B. In each of these points, the device measures the state of particles. Measuring devices tuned randomly, so at the time of the measurement at point A could not know the setting point B (and vice versa). Bell experiment supported the terrible theory. And now, Lucien Hardy, a theoretical physicist at the Perimeter Institute in Canada suggests that the measurement of A and B can be controlled by something that is potentially separated from the material world: the human mind. The idea stems from the fact that the French philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes called dualism of mind and matter, "in which the mind is beyond ordinary physics and intervenes in the physical world," Hardy explained.
To test their idea Hardy Bell proposed an experiment involving 100 people, each of which is connected to the headset EEG that reads brain activity. These devices are used to switch instrumentation settings A and B are installed at a distance of 100 km from each other. "A key feature that we want to explore, is that when used to define settings for the people (and not different types of random number generators), you can expect a violation of quantum theory in accordance with Bell's inequality," writes Hardy in his work.
If the correlation between the measurements will not match the previous tests of Bell, then there would be a violation of quantum theory, which suggests that A and B are controlled by factors beyond the scope of standard physics. "If we see a violation of quantum theory in the system, which can be considered reasonable, human or animal, it would be incredible. I can not imagine a more exciting outcome of the experiment in physics. The findings will be far-reaching. " What does it mean? That the human mind (consciousness) is not made of the same substance that obeys the laws of physics. That is, the mind can transcend the laws of physics at the expense of free will. Such a result would allow physicists first close approach to the problem of consciousness. "It will not solve the issue, but would strongly support the issue of free will," says Hardy.