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What if there are only particles in Bohmian mechanics?

Gao, Shan (2022) What if there are only particles in Bohmian mechanics? [Preprint]

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Abstract

Suppose a scientist tries to find if there is something or nothing in a box. She finds that her detector, which does not react to an empty box, reacts to the box. Then she concludes that there is something in the box, which results in the reaction of her detector. This is the common practice of doing science. However, a skeptic may not believe this line of reasoning. He thinks that there is still nothing in the box, and why the detector reacts differently to the box and to an empty box is because the laws of Nature are different for the two situations. Does anyone agree with the skeptic? Some Bohmians, maybe. In this paper, I show that in Bohmian mechanics with particle ontology only, empirical differences from some measurements are not grounded in a difference in the ontology.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Gao, Shansgao7319@uni.sydney.edu.au
Keywords: Bohmian mechanics; wave function; nomological view; particle ontology
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Shan Gao
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2022 04:15
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2022 04:15
Item ID: 20421
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 31 March 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20421

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