Published as: Aerts, D., 1992, "Construction of reality and its influence on the understanding
of quantum structures", Int. J. Theor. Phys., 31, 1815-1837.
THE CONSTRUCTION OF REALITY AND ITS INFLUENCE ON THE
'UNDERSTANDING' OF QUANTUM STRUCTURES.
Center Leo Apostel, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Krijgskundestraat 33, 1160, Brussels.
e-coordinates: firstname.lastname@example.org and http://www.vub.ac.be/CLEA/aerts/
We present a formalism to analyze 'the construction of reality'. We want to use this formal-
ism to understand some aspects of the reality of the classical and the quantum world on a deeper
level. A more complete presentation of the formalism also including applications to other fields
than classical and quantum mechanics can be found in .
One of the aims is to detect 'hidden' prejudices that are 'unconsciously' used to interpret and
criticize certain parts of reality, that do perhaps not obey these prejudices. It will follow that
some of the difficulties that we have to understand the quantum reality are due to 'pre-scientific'
prejudices about the way in which we think that reality has to be, prejudiced which we have
completely forgotten about. We will try to put in evidence some of these 'pre-scientific' preju-
dices. To do this we will have to introduce new concepts. We will see however that the con-
cepts needed to understand the aspect of the quantum reality that we want to investigate in this
paper are not mysterious and un-understandable. They exist and are used frequently in situa-