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Suppose there is an electron being attracted by a proton. Its position is X0 (roughly speaking) and it is receiving a force F0. Now we try to make a precise measurement on the momentum of the electron. This will increase the uncertainty of its position (become say between X0-dx and X0+dx). Since the force is inversely proportional to distance, the curve is “concave” against distance. The new average force (the area under the curve divided by 2dx) is larger than F0 ! Does the additional force come from measurement ? More broadly speaking, can measurement accelerate most dynamical processes occurring in the Universe ?
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Chik, D. (2008). Measurement accelerates the Universe ?. PHILICA.COM Observation number 44.
1 Peer review [reviewer #47336] added 27th September, 2011 at 12:47:16
1. It would have helped to consider in this question/observation the precise form of the Heisenberg principle of quantum mechanics.
2. No: measurement, does not obviously “accelerate” all dynamic processes occurring in the Universe; as an example, the instruments or apparatus employed for such measurements is not accelerated by the measurement process, although one could argue for a recoil effect based on Newton’s third law .
3. Maybe what is missing here is not just the ‘smoking gun’.
Originality: 2, Importance: 1, Overall quality: 2
2 added 29th September, 2011 at 06:54:23
After more than 3 years I got a review finally. Very funny.
In the language of QM, my argument is that the expectation E(1/x^2} < 1/E(x)^2 for typical probability distribution of x. It is related to noncommutative geometry and the inequality may indicate a subtle effect on the universe. But I don’t know how to get a testable prediction.