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Is the wave function, an unreal tool, to partially model a real interaction?

  1. Jul 10, 2012 #1
    Is the wave function, an unreal (but a useful mathematical) tool, to partially model a real interaction?

    i.e. can probabilities have an existence of their own? i.e. exist by themselves without referring to some underlying phenomena?

    The wave function is a mathematical/probability tool. It is certainly a very useful tool.

    However is the wave function a tool to model some real interaction/resource we don't know much about yet?

    What does the wave-function tell us about this "unknown but real" interaction/phenomena?
     
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2012
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  5. May 11, 2013 #4
    Psi-Epistemic Theories: The Role of Symmetry
    http://arxiv.org/abs/1303.2834

    No-go theorems for ψ-epistemic models based on a continuity assumption
    http://arxiv.org/abs/1211.1179

    but as stated by Rudolph (epistemic proponent):
    "Even though it seems very abstract, what we're saying in some sense is tied to space and time,"

    "I prepare this, and then I measure that, and so on. So although it comes in very implicitly, I think that ultimately what we will understand is that space and time are just part of what this particular primate has evolved to find a use for – that what's actually going on in the universe doesn't care about space and time."


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    IMO exist various pure quantum states corrrespondent/consistent with only one ontic state
    Epistemic-Ontic reality, i.e. wave functions are epistemic and there is some underlying ontic state.

    in contrast in the Epìstemic-Epistemic scheme there is no underlying reality
    or the Ontic proposition in which the wave function is the reality.
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2013
  6. May 12, 2013 #5
    above from this discussion in these forums:

    The quantum state cannot be interpreted statistically?
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=551554&page=3
     
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