• The Quantum Measurement Problem : Collapse of the Wave Function explained

    Author(s):
    Rochelle Forrester (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Subject(s):
    Epistemology, Metaphysics
    Item Type:
    Essay
    Tag(s):
    animal senses, Copenhagen Interpretation, Philosophy of perception, Quantum measurement problem, Quantum physics
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    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6GG4T
    Abstract:
    Quantum physicists have made many attempts to solve the quantum measurement problem, but no solution seems to have received widespread acceptance. The time has come for a new approach. In Sense Perception and Reality: A Theory of Perceptual Relativity, Quantum Mechanics and the Observer Dependent Universe and in a new paper The Philosophy of Perception I suggest the quantum measurement problem is caused by a failure to understand that each species has its own sensory world and that when we say the wave function collapses and brings a particle into existence we mean the particle is bought into existence in the human sensory world by the combined operation of the human sensory apparatus, particle detectors and the experimental set up. This is similar to the Copenhagen Interpretation suggested by Niels Bohr and others, but the understanding that the collapse of the wave function brings a particle into existence in the human sensory world removes the need for a dividing line between the quantum world and the macro world. The same rules can apply to both worlds and the ideas stated in this paper considerably strengthen the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum mechanics.
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