A term that describes the paradox that it is not possible to observe something in the condition that it would be in if it were not being observed. This is a problem for anyone who wants to observe something in its ‘natural state’, since the very act of observing it may make it (anything from a virus to a human being) act differently.
Delin, J. (2000) The language of everyday life. London: Sage
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See also the Heisenberg uncertainty principle in Quantum Mechanics (actually where the concept originated).
added by Stuart Jonesedited 5 October, 2015 by Admin