InterJournal Complex Systems, 37
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [37]
Submission Date: 963011
Quantum mechanics as a branch of mereology
Author(s): Tom Etter

Subject(s): CX.09

Category: Brief Article


In this paper I shall argue that the core of quantum mechanics, by which I mean that part of it which is given by the quantum unitary dynamical law (generalized Schr"odinger equation), the Born probability law, and the projection postulate, really belongs to mereology. More specifically, it belongs to the mereology of relations. Looking at quantum mechanics in this way sorts out many things that are very confusing when we try to force it into more traditional molds. Indeed, it entirely gets rid of one great source of confusion, namely "probability waves," simply by rendering them redundant, just as Newtons theory of gravity renders the epicycles of Ptolmaic astronomy redundant. It also finally makes sense of quantum measurement, which has always been a great muddle.

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