Quantum particles as conceptual entities: A possible explanatory framework for quantum theory [Book Review]

Foundations of Science 14 (4):361-411 (2009)
Abstract
We put forward a possible new interpretation and explanatory framework for quantum theory. The basic hypothesis underlying this new framework is that quantum particles are conceptual entities. More concretely, we propose that quantum particles interact with ordinary matter, nuclei, atoms, molecules, macroscopic material entities, measuring apparatuses, in a similar way to how human concepts interact with memory structures, human minds or artificial memories. We analyze the most characteristic aspects of quantum theory, i.e. entanglement and non-locality, interference and superposition, identity and individuality in the light of this new interpretation, and we put forward a specific explanation and understanding of these aspects. The basic hypothesis of our framework gives rise in a natural way to a Heisenberg uncertainty principle which introduces an understanding of the general situation of ‘the one and the many’ in quantum physics. A specific view on macro and micro different from the common one follows from the basic hypothesis and leads to an analysis of Schrödinger’s Cat paradox and the measurement problem different from the existing ones. We reflect about the influence of this new quantum interpretation and explanatory framework on the global nature and evolutionary aspects of the world and human worldviews, and point out potential explanations for specific situations, such as the generation problem in particle physics, the confinement of quarks and the existence of dark matter.
Keywords Quantum physics  Meaning  Coherence  Conceptual  Explanatory framework
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s10699-009-9166-y
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 29,827
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

View all 18 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

View all 8 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Added to PP index
2009-10-24

Total downloads
111 ( #48,668 of 2,211,068 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
6 ( #80,349 of 2,211,068 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature