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The stuff the world is made of: physics and reality

Summary: The stuff the world is made of: physics
and reality
Diederik Aerts
Center Leo Apostel (CLEA), and
Foundations of the Exact Sciences (FUND),
Brussels Free University,
Krijgskundestraat 33,1160 Brussels,
e-mail: diraerts@vub.ac.be
Taking into account the results that we have been obtained during the last
decade in the foundations of quantum mechanic we put forward a view on
reality that we call the `creation discovery view'. In this view it is made
explicit that a measurement is an act of a macroscopic physical entity on
a microphysical entity that entails the creation of new elements of reality
as well as the detection of existing elements of reality. Within this view
most of the quantum mechanical paradoxes are due to structural short-
comings of the standard quantum theory, which means that our analysis
agrees with the claim made in the Einstein Podolsky Rosen paper, namely
that standards quantum mechanics is an incomplete theory. This incom-
pleteness is however not due to the absence of hidden variables but to


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


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