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Can an electron have a mind of its own?

  1. Dec 17, 2011 #1
    Can an electron have a mind of its own?
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    On the face of it, that is a ridiculous question. What do you mean?
  4. Dec 18, 2011 #3
    He's probably referring to the inescapably strange results of the double-slit experiment; but I agree, vague question.
  5. Dec 18, 2011 #4
    No, a mind is composed of cells which are composed of molecules which are composed of atoms which contain electrons.
  6. Dec 18, 2011 #5
    Depends on what you mean for something to have a mind. I think the OP has a valid argument going for him if an electron can "sense" it's being watched en route to a slit, thus collapsing its wave function.
  7. Dec 18, 2011 #6
    It can't.
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  9. Dec 18, 2011 #8
    Nope, it doesn't.
  10. Dec 18, 2011 #9

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    OK, I think we have enough here.
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