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To: snarks_when_bored

Trying hard to understand the explanation of how looking at something can actually nudge it. Where do the electrons come from when we look at something? Yes, I know I am a moron. Very interesting post.


3 posted on 09/26/2006 4:33:00 AM PDT by Wage Slave (Good fences make good neighbors. -- Robert Frost)
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To: Wage Slave

It's not the looking at something that moves it. See my earlier post. What moves it is that you can't see it unless you bounce something off it, like light or electrons, or something else. Your eye detects the light that comes from the object, but first the light has got to reflect off the object.


5 posted on 09/26/2006 4:42:14 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Wage Slave
Trying hard to understand the explanation of how looking at something can actually nudge it.

Wink wink, nudge nudge.

6 posted on 09/26/2006 4:43:03 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (I've had it with these &%#@* jihadis on these &%#@* planes!)
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To: Wage Slave
Trying hard to understand the explanation of how looking at something can actually nudge it.

Sometimes I can look at a woman and actually move her 10 feet or more... away from me.

7 posted on 09/26/2006 4:43:47 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (I've had it with these &%#@* jihadis on these &%#@* planes!)
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To: Wage Slave
Trying hard to understand the explanation of how looking at something can actually nudge it. Where do the electrons come from when we look at something?

Electrons interact with other electrons via the electromagnetic interaction, which is mediated by photons. If no photons are exchanged, no interaction take place (ignoring virtual photons and tunneling subtleties). So, essentially, if no photons are exchanged, nothing is seen, and if photons are exchanged, a disturbance in the motion of the seen (and the seer) takes place.

8 posted on 09/26/2006 4:44:16 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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