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Notes on the ontology of Bohmian mechanics

Gao, Shan (2014) Notes on the ontology of Bohmian mechanics. [Preprint]

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Abstract

It is argued that in Bohmian mechanics the effective wave function of a subsystem of the universe does not encode the influences of other particles on the subsystem. This suggests that the ontology of Bohmian mechanics does not consist only in Bohmian particles and their positions. It is nonetheless pointed out that since the wave function in configuration space may represent the state of ergodic motion of non-Bohmian particles in three-dimensional space, the ontology of Bohmian mechanics may still consist only in particles.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Gao, Shansgao7319@uni.sydney.edu.au
Keywords: Bohmian mechanics; effective wave function; particle ontology; nomological interpretation
Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Mr. Shan Gao
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2014 10:33
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 10:33
Item ID: 10719
Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 5 June 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10719

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