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The term ‘Seeing is Believing’ is a phrase that we are all familiar with. It basically means that you need to see something before you can accept that it really exists or occurs. Or that ‘only physical or concrete evidence is convincing’.
How humans perceive or ‘see’ the world they find themselves in has always been an interesting topic. Science and quantum mechanics can throw in more questions to this debate.

What we ‘see’ through our eyes is not a direct representation of our external reality, but a translation formed by our mind, eyes and other senses. Our eyes detect and process light. This light is then focused onto our retina, where our photo sensors detect shades and forms. These photo sensors cover the retina, apart from the spot where the optic nerve connects to the brain. The optic nerve collects then carries this information from the retina to the brain for processing and deciphering. Interestingly the optic nerve in the eye is the only part of our anatomy where part of our brain can be seen.

The human race has had a fascination with eyes throughout history. It is associated with knowledge, power, protection, spirituality and energy. It has been used in symbolism across the world and across many cultures. The Ancient Egyptians called the all Seeing Eye, ‘the Eye of Horus’. In Hinduism the Eye of Shiva or the third ‘chakra’ eye is a symbol of knowledge. In Buddhism, Buddha is referred to as ‘the Eye of the world’. It is evident in Aztec and Mayan, and American Indian artwork. In the Middle East/Asia eye symbolism (called Hamsa, Khamsa or Hamesh.) the eye is often depicted in the palm of a hand and is a symbol of protection. In Christianity the ‘All seeing eye of providence’ is often depicted inside a triangle and is also now associated with the freemasons and the Illuminati.

Classical physics explains matter and energy on a scale familiar to human experience. However by the late 19th Century scientists discovered phenomena in both the macro and microcosm that did not follow the usual rules. This led to scientists developing quantum theory, which explores the nature and behaviour of matter and energy at the atomic and subatomic level. This revolutionary new set of laws of quantum mechanics, have sparked new questions and debates. This quantum realm is ruled by probability, not certainty. The Observation effect in quantum theory relates that the ‘act of looking’, actually creates the reality we see.
By the very act of watching, the observer affects the observed reality.

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