Reconciling Spacetime and the Quantum: Relational Blockworld and the Quantum Liar Paradox [Book Review]
Graduate studies at Western
Foundations of Physics 38 (4):348-383 (2008)
|Abstract||The Relational Blockworld (RBW) interpretation of non-relativistic quantum mechanics (NRQM) is introduced. Accordingly, the spacetime of NRQM is a relational, non-separable blockworld whereby spatial distance is only defined between interacting trans-temporal objects. RBW is shown to provide a novel statistical interpretation of the wavefunction that deflates the measurement problem, as well as a geometric account of quantum entanglement and non-separability that satisfies locality per special relativity and is free of interpretative mystery. We present RBW’s acausal and adynamical resolution of the so-called “quantum liar paradox,” an experimental set-up alleged to be problematic for a spacetime conception of reality, and conclude by speculating on RBW’s implications for quantum gravity|
|Keywords||Blockworld Non-relativistic quantum mechanics Entanglement Non-locality Measurement problem Quantum liar paradox|
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