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September 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

isn’t the problem obvious? quoth the amateur kantian kibbitzer…//Quantum Theory Rebuilt From Simple Physical Principles
September 13th, 2017 ·

the question, or problem, of QM is both obscure and obvious at the same time:

for starters, if the works of Kant are relevant to anything they would suggest, first, a set of antinomies about space and time, thence a ‘transcendental’ (in a kantian usage) deduction about categories of mind and subjectivity, and thus a phenomenal something in relation to a noumenal ‘what?’ That’s not a bad description of QM: the spooky physics issues show peculiar ‘what?’s in several places while quantum measurement becomes undecidable or equivocal with atomic entities, the latter being at the boundary of ‘real’ objects with virtual modes. Remarkable resemblance to the fellow from Konigsberg but don’t ask me again about the TD, a ‘dedcuction’ so obscure it may need QM to explain it/
If this fails try a new age ‘it’s all consciousness’ approach, a last resort…

The basic premise of the quantum reconstruction game is summed up by the joke about the driver who, lost in rural Ireland, asks a passer-by how to get to Dublin. “I wouldn’t start from here,” comes the reply.

Source: Quantum Theory Rebuilt From Simple Physical Principles | Quanta Magazine

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