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Prismatic Quantum Mechanics - The Realists

Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Date published: 2023-03-29
Date modified: 2023-03-29
Reading time: 00:01:03

Author: Patrizia Tomasi-Bensik

Prismatic Quantum Mechanics - The Realists

Quantum mechanics describes Nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense.  And yet it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as She is.  Absurd.”

Richard P. Feynman


For the realists of quantum mechanics, the proposition of the idealists, led by the physicist Eugene Wigner, that the relationship between a particle and the measuring device -which occurs at the speed of light- and the time lapse between the moment when this information reaches the eye of the observer and is transmitted by the optic nerve through neurons to the brain, in an operation that takes a fraction of a second but is not instantaneous, leads to a situation that is absurd within logic.

And the determinism proposed by Wigner, based on the need for conscience to guide an experience, becomes even more bizarre when we focus, for example, on evaluating the results of experiments, which can occur months after their completion.  Obviously, it is only at this stage that human consciousness grasps such content.

Not that the realists' proposal is any more palatable.

For them, the reduction of the wave function results from the interrelationship of solid particles, which completely escapes the essence of quantum mechanics.

Realists or materialists claim that the role of the measuring apparatus is completely independent of any kind of consciousness, including -or especially- that of the observer.  This directly contradicts Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle.

To explain the reduction of the wave, the realists claim that the function (of the wave) and the measuring device evolve together as the only possibility that can be realized.

Thus, for the Academy, the reduction of the wave function remains a mystery.

It just occurred to me that if we consider the dual existence of the particle -even though there is much more matter than antimatter in the universe- and add quantum entanglement into the context, using one of the twin particles as a measuring device, we could reduce the wave by the shortest of basic principles.  I explain.

The measurement of any experience in the quantum world is done by instruments built in our reality, and thus, according to the logic of the system of units, the result can only be wrong because different quantities are being used.  By treating the dual of the particle as an instrument, we may find a new perspective.

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