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'[OT:] Copenhagen trembles'
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The validity of classical Quantum Mechanics interpretations have been
brought into question by the recently performed "Afshar test".
The observed results are not as predicted by Copenhagen or many-worlds
theories. BUT the result is as predicted by a nearly 20 year old
"Tranactional Interpretaion" theory which also does not require much of the
mumbo jumbo of other versions (no observers needed for collapse of wave
function, no need for an essentially infinite number of parallel universes,
don't have to own a cat :-)... ).
Understand it now before he gets his Nobel Prize :-) - (or before somebody
points out what's wrong with Afshar's experimental method :-( ).
At this rate we'll be going FTL by Christmas :-)
The interpretational problems of quantum mechanics are considered. The way
in which the standard Copenhagen Interpretation (CI) of quantum mechanics
deals with these problems is reviewed. A new interpretation of the formalism
of quantum mechanics, the Transactional Interpretation (TI), is presented.
The basic element of TI is the transaction describing a quantum event as an
exchange of advanced and retarded waves, as implied by the work of Wheeler
and Feynman, Dirac, and others. The TI is explicitly nonlocal and thereby
consistent with recent tests of the Bell Inequality, yet is relativistically
invariant and fully causal. A detailed comparison of the TI and CI is made
in the context of well known quantum mechanical gedanken experiments and
"paradoxes". The TI permits quantum mechanical wave functions to be
interpreted as real waves physically present in space rather than as
"mathematical representations of knowledge" as in the CI. The TI is shown to
provide insight into the complex character of the quantum mechanical state
vector and the mechanism associated with its "collapse". The TI also leads
in a natural way to justification of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle
and the Born probability law [P=*], basic elements of the CI.
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