The Quantum Labyrinth by Dick J. Hoekzema (auth.)

By Dick J. Hoekzema (auth.)

At the outset of the study resulting in this e-book I held a place someplace just about 'the typical Copenhagen interpretation' of QM. i used to be strongly interested in, particularly, the philosophy of Niels Bohr. even though, being conscious of a number of the challenging facets and ambiguities of his perspectives and of latest advancements that have taken position in QM after his time, the most problem will be to improve a extra brand new model model of his procedure and exhibit it in a philosophically unobjectionable method. strains of this unique perspective can nonetheless be present in perspectives I carry these days. for example, i feel that I now be aware of a passable and proper manner of facing good points like 'complementarity', and that i nonetheless see this as a suitable topic. in lots of different respects, besides the fact that, there were significant adjustments in my place. in reality, in the course of yes phases of my learn my perspectives easily began relocating and stored on doing so at an frustrating velocity and for uncomfortably lengthy sessions of time. I realized, for instance that at the very least the various classical principles approximately conception constitution are far better than I had learned, and can't simply be brushed off for something whilst awesome as empirical success.

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Turning now to the issue of convergence, it may be noted that the outcome is not necessarily the same for all Qj. Nature could, for instance, be such that one finds a fluctuating gravitational constant. In this case, criterion Ql would be more widely applicable than Q2. :t> and decreases up the sequence of criteria Qt ... Q4. Furthermore, the type of evidence included may be important. Criterion Q3, for instance, may be well applicable to a whole range of laboratory and astronomical evidence and convergence may be found to the limits of measurement accuracy.

At the same time, however, this leads to what I see as the main problem of this philosophy. The defense of positivism against metaphysics 7Van Fraassen [93]. 12. 1. REALISM VERSUS EMPIRICISM 19 rested upon its strict criterion of meaning. Postpositivism philosophers like Popper9 and Lakatos 10 have sought for other demarcation criteria between science and metaphysics, but with no conclusive success l l . I do not see that constructive empiricism comes with decisive answers in this matter. The idea is that empirical adequacy is the only criterion for theory choice which really matters in science, and that additional criteria are pragmatic.

1 7' iff predictions of 7 are usually in better agreement with a given body of evidence than those of 7'. :2 7' iff predictions of 7 are always in better agreement with a given body of evidence than those of 7'. :3 7' iff predictions of 7 are always in perfect agreement with a given body of evidence whereas those of 7' are sometimes not. CHAPTER 2. :4 T' iff predictions of T are always in perfect agreement with any evidence available whereas those of T' are sometimes not. Obviously these criteria Qi are quite vague as they stand and require further specification of what is meant by terms such as "prediction", "usually", "better/perfect agreement" and "given body of evidence".

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