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Reconciling Spacetime and the Quantum: Relational Blockworld and the Quantum Liar Paradox

Stuckey, William Mark and Silbserstein, Michael and Cifone, Michael (2007) Reconciling Spacetime and the Quantum: Relational Blockworld and the Quantum Liar Paradox. UNSPECIFIED.

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    Abstract

    The Relational Blockworld (RBW) interpretation of non-relativistic quantum mechanics (NRQM) is introduced. Accordingly, the spacetime of NRQM is a relational, nonseparable blockworld whereby spatial distance is only defined between interacting transtemporal 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


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    Item Type: Other
    Additional Information: To appear in Foundations of Physics
    Keywords: blockworld, non-relativistic quantum mechanics, entanglement, nonlocality, measurement problem, quantum liar paradox
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
    Depositing User: Michael Cifone
    Date Deposited: 30 Dec 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:16
    Item ID: 3776
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3776

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