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Abstract: The three major theoretical principles of quantum mechanics relevant to itsinterpretation are: T1, linearity; T2, invariance under certain groups; andT3 the orthogonality and isolation of the different branches of the statevector. These three imply the particle-like properties of mass, energy,momentum, spin, charge, and locality are actually properties of the statevector; and this in turn implies there is no evidence for the existence ofparticles. Experimentally there is no evidence for collapse E1 andtheoretically linearity prohibits collapse. One also has the experimentallyverified probability law E2, which is found to rule out the many-worldsinterpretation. The failure of these three major interpretation, particles,collapse, and many-worlds, apparently implies an acceptable interpretation mustbe based on perception. Rather than being a separate principle, probabilityfollows in this interpretation from a weak assumption on perception plus thecombinatorics when an experiment is run many times. This suggests a relativelysimple experimental test of the perception interpretation.

Author: Casey Blood


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