How the Measurement Problem is an Artifact of the Mathematics

  • Nancy Cartwright
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 157)


One of the most troubling assumptions of quantum mechanics is the projection postulate. This is the postulate which causes many to believe that there is a special role for consciousness in nature. The projection postulate describes what happens not in any circumstances but in those special circumstances in which an observation is made; and what is supposed to happen when an observation is made is very different from what happens in other interactions. When an observation is made, a ‘reduction of the wave packet’ occurs which does not occur otherwise.


Wave Packet Evolution Operator Measurement Problem Schroedinger Equation Characterization Problem 
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