I just checked the Perimeter site and Smolin had posted the title of his Wednesday talk(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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Speaker: Lee Smolin

Title:Could quantum mechanics be an approximation to another, cosmological, theory?

Date: Wednesday October 11, 2006, 2:00 PM

Abstract: We consider the hypothesis that quantum mechanics is an approximation to another, cosmological theory, [and that the approximation is] accurate only for the description of subsystems of the universe. Quantum theory is then to be derived from the cosmological theory by averaging over variables which are not internal to the subsystem, which may be considered non-local hidden variables. I will explain the motivation for this view, give some examples of theories of this kind and investigate general conditions for such an approach to succeed.

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http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/activities/scientific/seminarseries/alltalks.cfm?CurrentPage=1&SeminarID=825 [Broken]

that means he will be illustrating and explaining stuff from a paper he just posted on arxiv.org.

http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0609109

Could quantum mechanics be an approximation to another theory?

Lee Smolin

10 pages

"We consider the hypothesis that quantum mechanics is an approximation to another, cosmological theory, accurate only for the description of subsystems of the universe. Quantum theory is then to be derived from the cosmological theory by averaging over variables which are not internal to the subsystem, which may be considered non-local hidden variables. We find conditions for arriving at quantum mechanics through such a procedure..."

OK, so the idea is that Quantum Mechanics might be NOT FUNDAMENTAL but instead might be a superficial approximation of a deeper theory.

Quantum Mechanics might apply only to SMALL PIECES of the universe, where intuitively one can put a box around it and look at it as an outsider observer.

To the extent that Quantum Mechanics seems coo-coo, it seems that because you can't really put the box around----there are always some outside partners that seemingly shouldn't be connected to events inside, but are anyway. the T-shirt term for it is "disordered locality".

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