Ephemeral Properties and the Illusion of Microscopic Particles
Author: Sassoli de Bianchi, Massimiliano
Source: Foundations of Science, Volume 16, Number 4, November 2011 , pp. 393-409(17)
Abstract:Founding our analysis on the Geneva-Brussels approach to quantum mechanics, we use conventional macroscopic objects as guiding examples to clarify the content of two important results of the beginning of twentieth century: Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen's reality criterion and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. We then use them in combination to show that our widespread belief in the existence of microscopic particles is only the result of a cognitive illusion, as microscopic particles are not particles, but are instead the ephemeral spatial and local manifestations of non-spatial and non-local entities.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2011-11-01