Seeing is Deceiving

Girl-magnifying-glassATOMS like their privacy as any physicist knows who tries to nail down their elusive face and place.

This effect is due to something dubbed the “measurement problem” in quantum physics.

Whether atoms are waves or particles, it was supposed, would be established simply by observing them. But it was not that easy.

So-called “observing” the fickle critters, actually changed their supposed appearance!

For decades this classic problem in quantum physics has been a mystery, and shows no possibility of being resolved anytime soon, at least not with the use of conventional scientific methods.

In ancient times such mysteries were resolved by initiated seers whose “flashing gaze” could penetrate “into the very kernel of matter, and recorded the soul of things there,” H. P. Blavatsky recounts. [SD 1:272]

“…but modern science believes not in the ‘soul of things,'” she wrote.


The size, shape and location of these energetic illusions will likely never be resolved. To prove it, Mme. Blavatsky argues that the atoms and particles of modern science don’t really exist except in the exuberant imaginations of the scientists. And she famously insisted that atoms are merely “entified abstractions,” are not subject to physical laws, and that no scientist will ever see one.

Updated and republished at:

Consciousness Faster than the Speed of Light


3 responses to “Seeing is Deceiving

  1. Here is a more detailed version of the comment I wanted to make:

    Electrons: Questions about observations, semantics & concepts:

    I’ve been puzzling over things I’ve read about quantum physics as it relates to reports of things “seen” and the nature of the concepts/semantics/assumptions involved. If this sounds vague its because my thoughts are not fully formed on this. Some detail:

    In a new article titled: “Physicists Debate Whether the World Is Made of Particles or Fields–or Something Else Entirely ”…something-else

    A comment by TitusWu caught my eye; the post was:

    “Man. All of this is crazy. So particles are just excitations of a field, and even then scientists don’t know what exactly a field is.”

    And what are physicists “seeing” here:

    And what is the “Scanning Tunneling Microscope “seeing:”…ing_microscope

    To what degree are we sure that what is seen in pictures is what it is conceptualized to be?

    How do these ideas and observations relate to the concept that “There are no electrons:”…e+no+electrons

    Thanks for you thoughts


    • Time is only an illusion produced by the succession of our states of consciousness as we travel through eternal duration, and it does not exist where no consciousness exists in which the illusion can be produced; but “lies asleep.” The present is only a mathematical line which divides that part of eternal duration which we call the future, from that part which we call the past. Nothing on earth has real duration, for nothing remains without change — or the same — for the billionth part of a second; and the sensation we have of the actuality of the division of “time” known as the present, comes from the blurring of that momentary glimpse, or succession of glimpses, of things that our senses give us, as those things pass from the region of ideals which we call the future, to the region of memories that we name the past. In the same way we experience a sensation of duration in the case of the instantaneous electric spark, by reason of the blurred and continuing impression on the retina. The real person or thing does not consist solely of what is seen at any particular moment, but is composed of the sum of all its various and changing conditions from its appearance in the material form to its disappearance from the earth. It is these “sum-totals” that exist from eternity in the “future,” and pass by degrees through matter, to exist for eternity in the “past.”


  2. What are physicists “seeing” here:

    And what is the “Scanning Tunneling Microscope “seeing:”


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.