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Isolated system?

  1. Mar 18, 2003 #1
    When we ascribe a probability to a physical configuration, are we not arbitrarily assuming

    1. That the system excludes the observer,

    2. How isolated the system is,

    3. How comprehensive the system actually is,

    4. The reproducibility of measurement?
     
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  3. Mar 19, 2003 #2

    pmb

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    Are you talking about quantum mechanics?

    Pete
     
  4. Mar 19, 2003 #3
    E. g., quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and general relativity - however you would apply physics ultimately to define an experiment.
     
  5. Mar 19, 2003 #4

    drag

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    1. Or, that we exclude QM's interpretation...:wink:

    2. Yes.

    3. Always.

    4. A violation here can exist either due to point
    num. 3 or 3 and 2 combined or - if you do not exclude
    QM's interpretation, then - due to 1 too.

    "Does dice play God ?"

    Live long and prosper.
     
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