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Quantum Mechanics, Metaphysics, and Bohm's Implicate Order

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The persistent interpretation problem for quantum mechanics may indicate an unwillingness to consider unpalatable assumptions that could open the way toward progress. With this in mind, I focus on the work of David Bohm, whose earlier work has been more influential than that of his later years. As I will discuss, I believe two assumptions play a strong role in explaining the disparity: (1) that theories in physics must be grounded in mathematical structure and (2) that consciousness must supervene on material processes. I will argue that the first assumption appears to lead us toward Everett's many-worlds interpretation, which suggests a red ag. I will also argue that the second assumption is suspect due to the persistent explanatory gap for consciousness. Later, I explore that Bohm's later work holds some promise in providing a better fit with our world, both phenomenologically and empirically. Also, I will address the potential problem of realism.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Federal Communications Commission Washington DC, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2019

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