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On some consequences of the breakdown of counterfactual definiteness in the quantum world

Willy De Baere (UGent)
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The crucial role of counterfactual reasoning in generating inconsistencies between local subquantum theories and quantum mechanics is stressed. It is argued that the physical justification of such reasoning requires the fulfilment of a criterion of actualizability of hypothetical situations. It is demonstrated that in a subquantum framework this criterion is equivalent to the assumption of actual reproducibility of individual subquantum states. Therefore, inconsistencies between local subquantum theories and quantum mechanics disappear if a nonreproducibility property of nature, in full agreement with the empirical fact that past, present and future are basically distinct, is invoked. The proposal also leaves the universal validity of the locality principle untouched, in agreement with all existing empirical evidence.
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EINSTEIN-PODOLSKY-ROSEN, MECHANICS, INEQUALITIES, RESOLUTION, PARADOXES, THEOREM, TIME

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De Baere, Willy. 1998. “On Some Consequences of the Breakdown of Counterfactual Definiteness in the Quantum World.” Fortschritte Der Physik-progress of Physics 46 (6-8): 843–847.
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De Baere, W. (1998). On some consequences of the breakdown of counterfactual definiteness in the quantum world. FORTSCHRITTE DER PHYSIK-PROGRESS OF PHYSICS, 46(6-8), 843–847. Presented at the Fundamental Problems in Quantum Theory workshop.
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De Baere W. On some consequences of the breakdown of counterfactual definiteness in the quantum world. FORTSCHRITTE DER PHYSIK-PROGRESS OF PHYSICS. 1998;46(6-8):843–7.
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De Baere, Willy. “On Some Consequences of the Breakdown of Counterfactual Definiteness in the Quantum World.” FORTSCHRITTE DER PHYSIK-PROGRESS OF PHYSICS 46.6-8 (1998): 843–847. Print.
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  abstract     = {The crucial role of counterfactual reasoning in generating inconsistencies between local subquantum theories and quantum mechanics is stressed. It is argued that the physical justification of such reasoning requires the fulfilment of a criterion of actualizability of hypothetical situations. It is demonstrated that in a subquantum framework this criterion is equivalent to the assumption of actual reproducibility of individual subquantum states. Therefore, inconsistencies between local subquantum theories and quantum mechanics disappear if a nonreproducibility property of nature, in full agreement with the empirical fact that past, present and future are basically distinct, is invoked. The proposal also leaves the universal validity of the locality principle untouched, in agreement with all existing empirical evidence.},
  author       = {De Baere, Willy},
  issn         = {0015-8208},
  journal      = {FORTSCHRITTE DER PHYSIK-PROGRESS OF PHYSICS},
  keyword      = {EINSTEIN-PODOLSKY-ROSEN,MECHANICS,INEQUALITIES,RESOLUTION,PARADOXES,THEOREM,TIME},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Baltimore, MD, USA},
  number       = {6-8},
  pages        = {843--847},
  title        = {On some consequences of the breakdown of counterfactual definiteness in the quantum world},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1521-3978(199811)46:6/8{\textlangle}843::AID-PROP843{\textrangle}3.0.CO;2-1},
  volume       = {46},
  year         = {1998},
}

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