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Title: What is Quantum? Unifying Its Micro-Physical and Structural Appearance
Authors: Aerts, D.
Sozzo, Sandro
First Published: 20-Feb-2015
Award date: 3-Jul-2014
Presented at: 8th International Conference, QI 2014, Filzbach, Switzerland
Start Date: 30-Jun-2014
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Citation: Quantum Interaction 2014, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 8951, pp. 12–23, 2015
Abstract: We can recognize two modes in which 'quantum appears' in macro domains: (i) a 'micro-physical appearance', where quantum laws are assumed to be universal and they are transferred from the micro to the macro level if suitable 'quantum coherence' conditions (e.g., very low temperatures) are realized, (ii) a 'structural appearance', where no hypothesis is made on the validity of quantum laws at a micro level, while genuine quantum aspects are detected at a structural-modeling level. In this paper, we inquire into the connections between the two appearances. We put forward the explanatory hypothesis that, 'the appearance of quantum in both cases' is due to 'the existence of a specific form of organisation, which has the capacity to cope with random perturbations that would destroy this organisation when not coped with'. We analyse how 'organisation of matter', 'organisation of life', and 'organisation of culture', play this role each in their specific domain of application, point out the importance of evolution in this respect, and put forward how our analysis sheds new light on 'what quantum is'.
Series/Report no.: Lecture Notes in Computer Science;8951
DOI Link: 10.1007/978-3-319-15931-7_2
ISSN: 0302-9743
ISBN: 978-3-319-15930-0
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. Copyright 2015 Springer International Publishing Switzerland. The final publication is available at Springer via
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