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- Is the 'apparent' phenomena of wave function collapse related to thermodynamics?

Very early in the development of thermodynamics, it was realized that the

A similar, slightly analogous issue arises in the formalism of Quantum Mechanics, regarding the so-called "wave function collapse". The mathematical formalism of QM neither predicts, depicts, nor implies collapse. In the words of Casey Blood, professor emeritus at Rutgers :

I have recently gained some powerful intuition about how thermodynamically irreversible processes play a key role in why things like human bodies never observe a superposition. My intuition has immediate application to paradoxes such as

(Disclaimer : In no shape or form do I mean to imply that wikipedia is an authoritative source.) I was motivated to create this thread here after seeing some clever author on wikipedia post an interesting claim. It goes something like , decoherence occurs whenever an isolated quantum system interacts with a classical system undergoing an irreversible thermodynamic process. Upon reading that, I was struck with a feeling that I was whistling an obscure song while taking a walk in a public park, only to pass a stranger whistling the same song at the same time.

What do you think? Do you have an intuitive link between irreversible thermodynamic processes and the appearance of wave function collapse? What is your intuition?

*2nd Law of Thermodynamics*is not a law fundamental to the fabric of our cosmos, but only becomes true in the limit of the number of particles. It was none other than Boltzmann himself who realized and articulated this aspect of the 2nd Law.A similar, slightly analogous issue arises in the formalism of Quantum Mechanics, regarding the so-called "wave function collapse". The mathematical formalism of QM neither predicts, depicts, nor implies collapse. In the words of Casey Blood, professor emeritus at Rutgers :

"If wave function collapse occurs at all, its mechanism is not by quantum mechanics."

I have recently gained some powerful intuition about how thermodynamically irreversible processes play a key role in why things like human bodies never observe a superposition. My intuition has immediate application to paradoxes such as

**"Wigner's Friend".**My current intuition about such processes may even have testable predictions in the way computers behave. "Never" is a strong word, but vis-a-vis Boltzmann, we can declare that the probability of a human knowing/experiencing a superposition is physically possible, but just terribly unlikely. The probability is non-zero, but vanishingly small.(Disclaimer : In no shape or form do I mean to imply that wikipedia is an authoritative source.) I was motivated to create this thread here after seeing some clever author on wikipedia post an interesting claim. It goes something like , decoherence occurs whenever an isolated quantum system interacts with a classical system undergoing an irreversible thermodynamic process. Upon reading that, I was struck with a feeling that I was whistling an obscure song while taking a walk in a public park, only to pass a stranger whistling the same song at the same time.

What do you think? Do you have an intuitive link between irreversible thermodynamic processes and the appearance of wave function collapse? What is your intuition?