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Being and Change: Foundations of a Realistic Operational Formalism

Summary: Being and Change: Foundations of a Realistic
Operational Formalism
Diederik Aerts
Center Leo Apostel (CLEA) and
Foundations of the Exact Sciences (FUND),
Brussels Free University, Krijgskundestraat 33,
1160 Brussels, Belgium.
The aim of this article is to represent the general description of an
entity by means of its states, contexts and properties. The entity that
we want to describe does not necessarily have to be a physical entity,
but can also be an entity of a more abstract nature, for example a con-
cept, or a cultural artifact, or the mind of a person, etc..., which means
that we aim at very general description. The effect that a context has
on the state of the entity plays a fundamental role, which means that
our approach is intrinsically contextual. The approach is inspired by
the mathematical formalisms that have been developed in axiomatic
quantum mechanics, where a specific type of quantum contextuality is
modelled. However, because in general states also influence context


Source: Aerts, Diederik - Leo Apostel Centre, Vrije Universiteit Brussel


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