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Time symmetry and interpretation of quantum mechanics

Abstract

A drastic resolution of the quantum paradoxes is proposed, combining (I) von Neumann's postulate that collapse of the state vector is due to the act of observation, and (II) my reinterpretation of von Neumann's quantal irreversibility as an equivalence between wave retardation and entropy increase, both being “factlike” rather than “lawlike” (Mehlberg). This entails a coupling of the two de jure symmetries between (I) retarded and (II) advanced waves, and between Aristotle's information as (I) learning and (II) willing awareness. Symmetric acceptance of cognizance as a source of retarted waves, and of will as a sink of advanced waves, is submitted as a central “paradox” of the Copernican or Einsteinian sort, out of which new light is shed upon previously known paradoxes, such as the EPR paradox, Schrödinger's cat, and Wigner's friend. Parapsychology is thus found to creep into the picture.

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Costa de Beauregard, O. Time symmetry and interpretation of quantum mechanics. Found Phys 6, 539–559 (1976). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00715107

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Keywords

  • Entropy
  • Quantum Mechanic
  • State Vector
  • Wave Retardation
  • Entropy Increase