(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Here, we present the results of a poll carried out among 33 participants of a conference on the foundations of quantum mechanics. The participants completed a questionnaire containing 16 multiple-choice questions probing opinions on quantum-foundational issues. Participants included physicists, philosophers, and mathematicians. We describe our findings, identify commonly held views, and determine strong, medium, and weak correlations between the answers. Our study provides a unique snapshot of current views in the field of quantum foundations, as well as an analysis of the relationships between these views...

The statements that found the support of a majority(i.e., answers checked by more than half of the participant)were, in order of the number of votes received:

1. Quantum information is a breath of fresh air for quantum foundations (76%).

2. Superpositions of macroscopically distinct states are in principle possible (67%).

3. Randomness is a fundamental concept in nature (64%).

4. Einstein's view of quantum theory is wrong (64%).

5. The message of the observed violations of Bell's inequalities is that local realism is untenable (64%).

6. Personal philosophical prejudice plays a large role in the choice of interpretation (58%).

7. The observer plays a fundamental role in the application of the formalism but plays no distinguished physical role (55%).

8. Physical objects have their properties well defined prior to and independent of measurement in some cases (52%).

9. The message of the observed violations of Bell's inequalities is that unperformed measurements have no results (52%).A Snapshot of Foundational Attitudes Toward Quantum Mechanics

http://lanl.arxiv.org/pdf/1301.1069.pdf

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