Quantum mechanics requires an “observer” of some kind—whether conscious human or not, it’s unclear—to collapse what’s called a wavefunction (a collection of probabilities) into a single reality.

Whether in science or art, a fundamental question is whether we are discovering or creating. Or are they ultimately just the same thing.
Are we revealing inevitabilities or petrifying randomness?
The fact that we can entertain two opposites is perhaps significant.