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Quantum mechanics, strong emergence and ontological non-reducibility

Gambini, Rodolfo and Lewowicz, Lucia and Pullin, Jorge (2013) Quantum mechanics, strong emergence and ontological non-reducibility. [Preprint]

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Abstract

We show that a new interpretation of quantum mechanics, in which the notion of event is defined without reference to measurement or observers, allows to construct a quantum ontology based on systems, states and events. Unlike the Copenhagen interpretation, it does not resort to elements of a classical ontology. The quantum ontology in turn allows us to recognize that a typical behavior of quantum systems exhibits strong emergence and ontological non-reducibility.
Such phenomena are not exceptional but natural, and are rooted in the basic mathematical structure of quantum mechanics.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Gambini, Rodolforgambini@fisica.edu.uy
Lewowicz, Lucialuleges@adinet.com.uy
Pullin, Jorgepullin@lsu.edu
Keywords: Interpretation of quantum mechanics; emergence; downward causation.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Jorge Pullin
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2015 14:29
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2015 14:29
Item ID: 11390
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: 5 August 2013
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11390

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