Contrary to classical physics, which was strongly objective i.e. could be interpreted as a description of mind-independent reality, standard quantum mechanics (SQM) is only weakly objective, that is to say, its statements, though intersubjectively valid, still merely refer to operations of the mind. Essentially, in fact, they are predictive of observations. On the view that SQM is universal conventional realism is thereby refuted. It is shown however that this does not rule out a broader form of realism, called here `open realism', restoring the notion of mind-independent reality.
Foundations of Physics
- Pub Date:
- November 2011
- Quantum Physics;
- Physics - History and Philosophy of Physics
- final version accepted in Found. Phys. (2 slight changes with respect to the former submission)