One of the most curious aspects of Quantum theory is the ‘split screen’ experiment, without getting too technical – the upshot is that light behaves like a particle or a wave, and that the observer, by the act of observing, determines the outcome of its behaviour. Niels Bohr, the celebrated Nobel Prize winner physicist said “Anyone who is not shocked by Quantum mechanics, has not understood it.”
The observer determines the outcome, just by observing. The philosophical implications are enormous, our observation of the universe by implication means it responds to our thoughts.
Philosophers, and Physicists may be interested in creativity, in the sense that an enquiring mind can see things in a completely different light. Penicillin was just a bit of strange mold, but once it was realised that it had beneficial effects – its ‘observed’ credentials made it’s significance change forever. It could never be the same again, the same is true of creativity, once observed in a particular way. I am reminded of the saying “If we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change” This is a creative way of thinking, a new way of looking at something and deriving a new meaning from the experience. Surely Newton viewing (with new insight) the apple as it fell from the tree was itself a creative act, he saw something new – in something that was trivial, and concluded something quite profound.
This is creativity, imagination without the blocks of conformity. Imagination that can see connections that were hitherto not seen.
Here is a realtively simple explanation of the split scene experiment; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu57B1v0SzI&feature=fvsr