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Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Alfred North
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Michael Epperson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780823223190

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823223190.001.0001

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The Evolution of Actuality to Probability

The Evolution of Actuality to Probability

(p.61) 3 The Evolution of Actuality to Probability
Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead

Michael Epperson

Fordham University Press

This chapter depicts the spectrum between reality and potentiality, generally by providing diagrams, graphs, and variables along with their corresponding details and explanations. Hilbert spaces here are remarked with different values to represent what will actually happen or to reach the “satisfaction” — realization of the anticipated outcome — that was mentioned in the previous chapter. Aside from the spaces, there are also vectors which stand for the characteristics of the portrayed person, group, object, etc. Coefficients of the variables define the level of possibility that the alternative outputs will occur. The appearance of the outcome states is dependent on our expectations, which are anchored to objective reality. Of course, there are inevitable, uncontrollable outside forces than can come into the picture, and these externalities are termed “trace-over.” Also, the three advantages of the ontological interpretation of quantum formalism are universality of the scope of the interpretation of quantum mechanics, permissiveness to locate the paradox of quantum nonlocality, and its interposition between the altercations in physics.

Keywords:   reality, potentiality, Hilbert spaces, satisfaction, vectors, coefficients, variables, objective reality, quantum formalism, trace-over

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