Tuesday, May 17, 2005
And while I'm on physics...
Here are some interpretations of quantum mechanics.
Quite enough fiction has been written based on (mostly as a plot device) the Many Worlds and (mostly as a metaphor) the Wavefunction Collapse models.
I am declaring a moratorium.
From now on, please write stories based on the Copenhagen, State Reflects Observer's Knowledge,
Posted by benrosen at May 17, 2005 03:33 PM
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Pilot Wave, and (the coolest) Transactional models.
How is "State Reflects Observer's Knowledge" different from the (debunked, I thought I heard somewhere) "Hidden Variables" interpretation?
You got me. Let's wait for someone with some physics clue to drop by and tell us.
Experiments based on John Bell's inequalities have established that hidden variable theories must be non-local. This means that a hidden variable theory must allow the existence of the instantaneous transfer of information between distant particles. There is a minority view that the experiments did not show this, due to biases in the assumptions. However non-local hidden variable interpretations such as pilot wave or Bohm are not precluded.
I love the web. :-)
I blogged an idle thought (I have no other kind of thought, so please accept this comment as a disclaimer that I apply any kind of rigor to my thinking in any way at all) about the transactional model. Link: http://holychao.blogspot.com/2005/05/transactions.html
Some people are on crack. Ben is on physics. Explains a lot.