On Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 8:19 PM, Edgar L. Owen <edgaro...@att.net> wrote:

> All,
> I'm starting a new topic on wavefunctions in this reply to Jason because
> he brings up a very important issue.
> The usual interpretation of wavefunctions are that particles are 'spread
> out' in the fixed common pre-existing space that quantum theory mistakenly
> assumes, that they are superpostions of states in this space.
> However in my book on Reality in Part III, Elementals I propose another
> interpretation, namely that particles are discrete information entities in
> logical computational space, and that what wavefunctions actually are is
> descriptions of how space can become dimensionalized by decoherence events
> (since decoherence events produce exact conserved relationships between the
> dimensional variables of interacting particles).

I am not sure that I follow, but it sounds like an interesting idea. It
reminds me of Ron Garret's talk, where he says metaphorically "we live in a
simulation running on a quantum computer":

> The mathematical results are exactly the same, its just a different
> interpretation.

I am not sure if it is possible in any theory consistent with QM to deny
completely the notion of superposition. How can the single-electron
double-slit experiment be explained without the electron being in more than
one place at the same time?

I think it would help me understand your interpretation if you answered the
following questions. According to your interpretation:

1. Are faster-than-light influences involved?
2. When it is determined whether or not Schrodinger's cat is alive or dead?
3. Are quantum computers possible, and if so, where are all the
intermediate computations performed?


> However this approach that space is something that emerges from quantum
> events rather than being a fixed pre-existing background to events enables
> us to conceptually unify GR and QM and also resolves all so called quantum
> 'paradox' as quantum processes are paradoxical ONLY with respect to the
> fixed pre-existing space mistakenly assumed.

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