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|Abstract||HPS: 1959 was indeed early in my career as a PhD, but more than a dozen years into my concerns with these matters. Already in high school I had become very interested in the wave-particle puzzle, and my driving motive in becoming a physicist was really to solve that mystery. Looking now at my 1959 essay I find it remarkably mature. I had a solid grasp of the technical and philosophical aspects of the situation. I find in it today nothing that I would emend or consider naive or deficient. It is a well-reasoned and sober assessment of the situation, and ends with the conclusion that quantum theory “primarily is a synthesis of the idealistic and materialistic world views. To some extent it also reconciles the monistic and pluralistic attitudes, provides a natural understanding of creation, and permits a reconciliation of the deterministic aspects of nature with the action of free will.” I now say much more about these matters, but nothing contrary to what I said then.|
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