Light Knows When We’re Looking At It & Behaves Differently When It’s Being Observed

by • March 6, 2019 • Art, Physics, ScienceComments (0)2278

At the moment I’m currently obsessed with light artist James Turrell and his enormous body of work, and find myself devouring everything I can of his interviews, writings, and lectures. But it was during one interview in particular where Turrell introduced me to a scientific fact that detonated in my head with such force I had to research whether it was true or not.

During a July 2013 interview with Charlie Rose as he was promoting his Aten Reign installation at the Guggenheim, Turrell discussed his fascination with a branch of scientific experimentation that proves light knows when we are looking at it, and it behaves differently when being observed. “Light has different behavior through a defraction grading when we’re looking than when we’re not,” Turrell says. “That almost imbues it with consciousness.”

The science Turrell is referring to is from the mind-blowing Double Slit Experiment. If you think your brain is up for the challenge you can learn more about it at HighExistence.com.
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YOU CAN WATCH JAMES TURRELL DESCRIBE THIS AT THE 20:40 MARK:

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