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Title: What is Quantum? Unifying Its Micro-physical and Structural Appearance
Authors: Aerts, Diederik
Sozzo, Sandro
First Published: 20-Feb-2015
Presented at: 8th International Conference on Quantum Interaction (QI), Collegium Helveticum, Filzbach, Switzerland, June 30 - July 3, 2014.
Start Date: 30-Jun-2014
End Date: 3-Jul-2014
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Citation: Quantum Interaction (QI 2014), 2015, 8951, pp. 12-23
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: Conference Paper
Rights: Copyright © 2015, Springer International Publishing. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. The file associated with this record is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License ( ), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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