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Doesnt the quantum zeno effect dissallow the possibility of randomness?

  1. Feb 21, 2012 #1
    if a nucleus decays at random, it should be impossible to effect that in any way and if observered, you are effecting something that is by definition supposed to be random.

    for example if i am a particle and have true randomness, then being observed at certain intervals, probability would dictate that there was a time in between observations that i would eventually decay.

    since a single observation does not stop eventual decay, it has do be concluded that the observations are not stealing any randomness from the particle unless you assume that randomness grows back? somebody explain that to me.

    the only way i can reconcile the zeno effect is that since observation/energy addition to a nucleus can effect its rate of decay, then the nucleus must need to in some way grow back its randomness? i think the observation is holding the nucleus from being effected by the true cause of its decay, which we will never see, and that the zeno effect is a huge blow to the idea that randomness can exist
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