Questions tagged [quantum-physics]

If your question is more physics and less philosophy, consider asking it on Physics.SE (possibly with the soft-question tag).

30 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3 votes
0 answers
135 views

Is 't Hooft cellular automaton compatible with Floridi's Informational (Structural) Realism?

Informational (Structural) Realism (by Luciano Floridi) relates to digital physics ideas (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_physics) As Floridi himself says in one of his articles (http://philsci-...
bautzeman's user avatar
  • 329
2 votes
2 answers
98 views

Are there any sources linking Schopenhauerian metaphysics (will as thing-in-itself) with our contemporary understanding of physics?

I'm especially interested if there are any attempts at reconciling Schopenhauer's metaphysical will with the seeming indeterministic nature of quantum physics. Thank you.
TCL's user avatar
  • 21
2 votes
1 answer
130 views

Is it there any specific and well known continuous/analog alternative to Wheeler's discrete "It from Bit"?

Physicist John A Wheeler (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Archibald_Wheeler) suggested the concept of "law without law" and "it from bit" which suggested that the universe did not have any laws ...
physistack's user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
206 views

Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics - Argument explanation

I would be grateful if someone could explain me this argument from Philosophy of Physics in plain English. I'm not sure how Albert arrives at his conclusion and I lack the mathematical skills to ...
Floyd's user avatar
  • 141
1 vote
0 answers
23 views

Are quantum epistemology and intuitionistic constructivism compatible?

A somewhat recent article coming out of the University of Toronto and the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Zurich claims "no": Constructivist epistemology posits that all truths are ...
Kristian Berry's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
30 views

Is there a need for a new field of natural-practical philosophy?

Natural philosophy is now generally known as physics. Some ancient universities still call it natural philosophy. But all of science could be included under the term, natural philosophy. There is also ...
Meanach's user avatar
  • 2,357
1 vote
0 answers
116 views

Does quantum mechanics disprove the causal principle in philosophy?

The causal principle states that everything must have a cause. William Lane Craig argues that even in the cases of subatomic events in QM, there are certain necessary conditions that produce an effect,...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
125 views

Does quantum immortality mean solipsism?

If when we die another universe is created in which we live, then would the people of that universe be real?( by that i mean conscious beings like myself) or am I misunderstanding QI?
Rayyan khan's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
87 views

What were Bertrand Russell's later views on quantum mechanics?

Russell touched on QM a bit in The Analysis of Matter, which was the same year as the Fifth Solvay Conference. I am sure he must have thought very deeply about the implications of the quantum theory, ...
Joshua Rubin's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
105 views

What is the meaning of using a mathematical structure to describe physics?

I'm trying to understand the meaning of using a mathematical structure in order to do physics, what does this really mean? My idea is that first we performs experiments on a physical system in order ...
SimoBartz's user avatar
  • 119
1 vote
0 answers
247 views

Is it there any trivialist model in physics (like in quantum mechanics)?

Trivialism is a system that proposes that literally every proposition is true and false at the same time blatantly breaking the principle of no contradiction and triggering the principle of explosion (...
Sue K Dccia's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
122 views

Quantum vs classic dangerous decisions under many-worlds interpretation

Consider the following scenario: You are a military truck driver tasked with delivering supplies. The destination is close to enemy territory. To not be predictable, each truck randomizes the route ...
Justas's user avatar
  • 443
1 vote
1 answer
290 views

Why did Hilary Putnam change of opinion towards Quantum Logic?

Hilary Putnam is known for having proposed a radical change in our thinking about the physical universe: He proposed that the universe was fundamentally based on Quantum Logic, and not in Classical ...
stifenahokinga's user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
154 views

Does the PSR fail only at the atomic level in quantum mechanics or also for groups of atoms?

It is commonly held, in modern physics, that it is impossible to predict when a particular atom will decay. This is often taken to mean that there is no particular reason why the atom decided to decay ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
33 views

Could a quantum computer simulate any system based on different types of logic?

Quantum computing is based on quantum mechanics (obviously) which has different logical rules than classical/Boolean logic. However, does this mean that a quantum computer could simulate or process ...
vengaq's user avatar
  • 559
0 votes
0 answers
41 views

Isn't the measurement postulate irrelevant to Wigner's friend extended?

So many physicists like Carroll use a variation of Wigner's friend to argue for the many worlds of many worlds. I shall stick to the Frauchiger and Renner version of the Wigner's-friend scenario which ...
More Anonymous's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
71 views

Does the cloning of worlds, like in Many Worlds interpretation, really give the standard interpretation of probabilities?

Copenhagen- Suppose I ask you to bet on the outcome of 100 spin measurements. And you believe in the Copenhagen interpretation for now. The odds given by the Born rule, for each experiment, are 50:50 ...
Ryder Rude's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
338 views

In the EPR paradox, what was Einstein's argument against God playing dice?

Imagine an experiment as used in formulating the EPR paradox. Say we entangle two electrons and separate them by a great distance. If we measure the z-component of spin, on one of them, sz1, we know ...
Pathfinder's user avatar
0 votes
3 answers
333 views

A quantum mechanical response to van Inwagen's rejection of the PSR

Peter van Inwagen famously rejected the PSR due to his argument that it implied necessitarianism: Take the conjunct C of all contingent facts. Being contingent itself, the PSR demands an explanation F....
Mark's user avatar
  • 377
0 votes
0 answers
50 views

Methodological universalities in Physics

Is there any methodological characteristic universal in Physics? Even if some branches of Physics lose their reproducibility, their experimental testing, their deterministic predictivity isn't some ...
George Ntoulos's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
336 views

Relation of reproducibility and the lack of contigencies with the scientific method

What is the relation of reproducibility and the lack of contigencies with the scientific method? Quantum mechanics and Statistical physics/mechanics are vurnerable/suspectible to contigencies. We ...
George Ntoulos's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
138 views

Philosophically, isn't this impossible to prove there's no hidden variable?

As Bell wrote "If [a hidden-variable theory] is local it will not agree with quantum mechanics, and if it agrees with quantum mechanics it will not be local"(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell%...
seyed sepehr mousavi's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
65 views

Humean supervenience and Quine

I am wondering if Quine would adopt the Lewis' Humean supervenience theory to make sense of probability. Quine is a subjectivist about probability (even though regarding probability in QM he thinks ...
W.V.O.'s user avatar
  • 31
0 votes
0 answers
221 views

Does modern physics lend support to or reject dualism?

I have seen a few papers/articles which apparently show that dualism is supported by modern quantum mechanics: A Quantum-Mechanical Argument for Mind–Body Dualism QUANTUM MECHANICS AND DUALISM ...
user40443's user avatar
  • 131
0 votes
0 answers
290 views

Can anyone explain the concept of "being-thus"?

I was reading a letter from Einstein to Max Born that says something like this: It is further characteristic of these physical objects that they are thought of as arranged in a space-time ...
Daruis soli's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
38 views

Probabilistic, indeterministic and random in QM

This is a question about terminology used in QM since I need to clarify this aspect. Is “probabilistic” a synonym of “indeterministic”? And in case they are not synonyms, what do they exactly mean? ...
Lizzie's user avatar
  • 1
0 votes
0 answers
81 views

Distributions of outcomes in Quantum Mechanics

I have read an answer here about the probabilistic nature of QM and I am curious about why QM is able to predict only distributions of outcomes of an experiment. To be clearer, is QM’s inability of ...
Lizzie's user avatar
  • 21
-1 votes
3 answers
236 views

On the quantum mechanical nature of time flow

I am going to write below some ideas that I have been playing with lately. I am writing this question to ask for (1) your opinions and insights, specially comments on where my logic/intuition may be ...
Luismi98's user avatar
  • 109
-1 votes
1 answer
289 views

Could the existence of God be just a matter of perspective?

For most of my life, I was an atheist because the idea of God just seemed illogical and I felt a complete inability to believe what religious people would say considering the lack of evidence and huge ...
Dan Bray's user avatar
  • 115
-1 votes
2 answers
83 views

Are Thomas Breuer's subjective decoherence and Scott Aaronson's freebits with Knightian freedom the same things in essence?

In his remarkable works (1,2 and their later development 3) Thomas Breuer proves by diagonalization the phenomenon that the observer cannot distinguish all phase space states of a system where he is ...
Anixx's user avatar
  • 370