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Collapsing Physics
Angelo Bassi and GianCarlo Ghirardi discuss quantum collapse models. From the quantum foundations meeting in Erice, Italy.
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Reiterating: It is switching from a theoretical superposition of isolated observables (outcomes), not yet formed, as a Definite Fixed State observable is produced upon observation. What exists in Object reality, prior to measurement, are proto- observables conjoined with the carrier.

The (Definite Fixed State) observables do not exist in space-time prior to the observation. Space-time is the output of sensory data processing that one fixed viewpoint formed from the sensory data received....


I wrote "So it seems the physical equivalent of wave function collapse is switching consideration from what is occurring unseen, the behavior or flux of the absolute unmeasured entity to the 'definite perception' singular fixed view of an observable produced by a measurement protocol or fixed reference frame sample."That's not quite right

It is switching from a theoretical superposition of isolated observables (outcomes), not yet formed, as a Definite Fixed State observable is produced...


That 'picture of what is occurring also explains why outcomes are probabilistic rather than fixed and certain.Consider the unobserved free falling spinning coin again. Not only is it a superposition of states because there is no reference frame-making all frames equally valid it is also in flux altering what would be observed from each reference frame as time passes. Incidentally, more varied than just two faces as it is the measurement protocol that 'condenses' outcomes into just one of two...

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