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Reality Without Realism: On the Ontological and Epistemological Architecture of Quantum Mechanics
Purdue Univ, USA.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Mathematics. (Int Ctr Math Modeling Phys Engn Econ & Cognit Sci)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9857-0938
2015 (English)In: Foundations of physics, ISSN 0015-9018, E-ISSN 1572-9516, Vol. 45, no 10, 1269-1300 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

First, this article considers the nature of quantum reality (the reality responsible for quantum phenomena) and the concept of realism (our ability to represent this reality) in quantum theory, in conjunction with the roles of locality, causality, and probability and statistics there. Second, it offers two interpretations of quantum mechanics, developed by the authors of this article, the second of which is also a different (from quantum mechanics) theory of quantum phenomena. Both of these interpretations are statistical. The first interpretation, by A. Plotnitsky, "the statistical Copenhagen interpretation," is nonrealist, insofar as the description or even conception of the nature of quantum objects and processes is precluded. The second, by A. Khrennikov, is ultimately realist, because it assumes that the quantum-mechanical level of reality is underlain by a deeper level of reality, described, in a realist fashion, by a model, based in the pre-quantum classical statistical field theory, the predictions of which reproduce those of quantum mechanics. Moreover, because the continuous fields considered in this model are transformed into discrete clicks of detectors, experimental outcomes in this model depend on the context of measurement in accordance with N. Bohr's interpretation and the statistical Copenhagen interpretation, which coincides with N. Bohr's interpretation in this regard.

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2015. Vol. 45, no 10, 1269-1300 p.
Keyword [en]
Causality, Quantum mechanics, Probability, Reality, Realism, Statistics
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Mathematics Physical Sciences
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Natural Science, Mathematics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-46894DOI: 10.1007/s10701-015-9942-1ISI: 000361898600008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-46894DiVA: diva2:865061
Available from: 2015-10-26 Created: 2015-10-26 Last updated: 2016-05-03Bibliographically approved

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