In this theory I hope to speculate answers for some of the mysteries surrounding the Observer – in particular, the reason for his observation, his relationship with the “Pattern”, the cylinder, his obsession with Olivia, his identity and the underlying context of his presence – although probably not in that order. I do not claim any of this to be the answer that we will get, nor is it based on any spoilers. My original post on this theory can be found here. This is the prequel, part 1 – “Changing The Pattern”.
I have long been of the opinion that observation effects reality. Indeed, this is the fundamental principle of Quantum Theory.
By the very act of watching, the observer affects the observed reality.
At this moment in time, I believe that this is what the Observer is doing – by observing these ‘experiments’ (i.e. the “Pattern”) he is changing the reality of their outcomes. In other words, every outcome is possible, until conscious observation creates it into perceived reality.
Imagine, if you will, a demonstration..an experiment (just like those seen on “Fringe”), with infinite possible outcomes. Only when (and ‘where’) it is observed does one outcome come into being. In this respect, success and failure is quite literally a matter of ‘perspective’. A highly skilled and conscious ‘observer’ could, in effect, control any experiment.
If my theory about the Observer being present at Pattern-events to correct “future errors” is accurate, then we might be able to understand the “why?” – as in why is the Observer watching these events? At the moment, I’m happy to stick by my idea that he is observing events to change the future (or past) by way of fixing ‘errors’ or scientific mistakes that have huge significance to the (future or past) world and reality as we know it. If his mere observation is reducing the unpredictability (uncertainty) of these events (the “Pattern”), then he is not only observing the event..but shaping the degrees of the end result:
Once an observer begins to watch the particles going through the openings, the picture changes dramatically: if a particle can be seen going through one opening, then it’s clear it didn’t go through another. In other words, when under observation, electrons are being “forced” to behave like particles and not like waves. Thus the mere act of observation affects the experimental findings. – Sciencedaily.com
(Speaking of particles acting like waves, we recently saw something similar in episode 1.10 “Safe”, when Loeb and his men walked through ‘solid’ walls. Hmm.)
Back to the topic in hand..
To simplify matters, consider whether the unobserved world functions in the same way as the observed world – if you believe “no”, then you’re already halfway on board with this theory – observation changes reality. (watch this video for further understanding of how I’m applying this idea)
Whilst I realise that the quantum theory refers to the small scale (atoms and such), I also believe that it can be applied to the larger world , because reality is, after all, a matter of perspective – one person observing an event may perceive it differently than another person – the event, therefore, varies (changes) across realities. Perhaps, in an ideal world (or dimension), one perception would supercede all others – perhaps this is what the Observer is able to do? But I’m getting ahead of myself, more on that idea in a later chapter.
At this point I feel it necessary to say that even a small change can be significant – especially when dealing with high stakes series of events such as the “Pattern”. So many events, so many possibilities..imagine if you could control the outcome even slightly.
To be continued..