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Perspectival QM and Presentism: a New Paradigm

Merriam, Paul (2021) Perspectival QM and Presentism: a New Paradigm. [Preprint]

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Abstract

We motivate and develop a perspectival A-theory of time (future/present/past) and probe its implied interpretation of quantum mechanics. It will emerge that, as a first take, the time of relativity is a B-series (earlier-times to later-times) and the time of quantum mechanics is an A-series. There is philosophical motivation for the idea that mutual quantum measurement happens when and only when the systems’ A-series become one mutual A-series, as in the way qualia work in the Inverted Spectrum. This seems to account for certain quantum phenomena, including that the electrons of a Bell pair do not have definite spins until measurement, as ‘until’ here is a (perspectival) A-series notion. Various issues in the foundations of quantum mechanics are canvassed.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Merriam, Paulpmerriam1@gmail.com0000-0001-9217-980X
Keywords: quantum interpretation time McTaggart perspectival relativity paradigm Bell non-local local qualia inverted spectrum consciousness A-series B-series foundations Schrodinger's Cat
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Paul Merriam
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2021 03:21
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2021 03:21
Item ID: 18921
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 17 April 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18921

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