On Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 8:43:35 AM UTC-6, agrays...@gmail.com 
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> On Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 9:27:46 AM UTC, Philip Thrift wrote:
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>> On Monday, November 26, 2018 at 3:43:14 PM UTC-6, agrays...@gmail.com 
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>>> *I checked the postulates in Feynman's Sums Over Histories (in link 
>>> provided by Phil) and I see nothing related to waves, as expected, and thus 
>>> nothing about collapse of anything. I would suppose the same applies to 
>>> Heisenberg's Matrix Mechanics; no waves, no collapse. I suppose you could 
>>> say they just produce correct probabilities, and imply nothing about 
>>> relative states other than their probabilities (which wave mechanics does), 
>>> but certainly nothing about consciousness. To summarize: you're right that 
>>> they are "no collapse" theories, but IMO they say nothing about 
>>> consciousness. AG*
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>> In terms of the path-integral (PI) interpretation [ interesting lecture: 
>> https://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/videos/path-integral-interpretation-quantum-mechanics
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>> ], there is in effect no waves or wave function, just paths, or histories, 
>> in the sum-over-histories (SOH) terminology.
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>> There is still "decoherence" in the SOH (a single history is ultimately 
>> "realized"), but it could be called "selection": a single history is 
>> selected from the total ensemble of multiple and interfering histories. 
>> E.g. a single point on a screen is "hit" by a photon in the double-slit 
>> experiment.
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> *Does "selection" add any insight to the measurement problem; that is, why 
> do we get what we get? And if not, what is its value? TIA, AG *
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If you look at it as a "selection of the fittest" (one history surviving 
from an ensemble of histories), then it's like a form of quantum Darwinism. 
The quantum substrate is a cruel world where all histories (but one) die.

- pt


 

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