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Few concepts of quantum physics have taken hold in the popular imagination, but one of them is this: perception matters. According to a widespread interpretation of a 1935 thought experiment, the act of observing something actually affects what you see. (This is obviously a simplification. For a far more thorough explanation, read up on the debate surrounding Schroedinger's Cat.) This idea is similar to a central concept of postmodernism--that "objectivity" is deceptive, and truth is often a matter of perception. Are the ideas connected?

Appropriately enough, it depends whom you ask. ArtsJournal asked the tantalizing, long-debated question after reading this passage from a Salon review:

Much of the debate between Einstein and Bohr revolved around Einstein's intuitive rejection of the implication of the Copenhagen interpretation - which is that objective reality, independent of any observer, doesn't really exist. Bohr, by contrast (and sounding a lot like Wittgenstein), insisted that physics isn't concerned with what is but solely with what we can say about it.

Is quantum physics in fact "responsible for postmodernism?"

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