Double Slit Experiment Question

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Could it be that matter exists as a wave in the past (if unobserved), until it is observed in the present?

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I'm wondering if this would be a way to interpret the double slit experiment. In other words, when we observe an electron in the present, it goes through one slit or the other as a particle. However, if we do not observe it, it goes through both at once as a wave; we only see evidence of it having gone through both slits at some point in the past. As a side note, I'm not suggesting that all matter exists as a wave in the past, only that matter exists as a wave until it is observed in the present.

To put it more generally, could it be that quantum mechanics operates differently depending on whether the behavior in question took place in the past or is taking place in the present?
 
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While these two videos may not answer your question, they can give you some good insight into how the double-slit experiment works and is interpreted today by physicists:


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Having said that, we will close this thread, since we don't discuss personal theories of mainstream science subjects.
 
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Got it, thanks for the response and for the heads up re closing the thread.
 

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