Quantum Mechanics, Metaphysics, and Bohm's Implicate Order
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