The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies
Center for Quantum Philosophy
Discovering invisible causes behind the visible
B ell experiments demonstrate
(within the limits of a few rather eccentric loopholes) nonlocal correlations
between space-like separated events, which cannot be explained by means of
relativistic influences bounded by the velocity of light. This means that one
has to give up the view that the outcomes at each part of the setup result
from properties preexisting in the particles before measurement: outcomes in
Alice's (respectively Bob's) lab cannot be explained by the properties the
photon carries when leaving the source and the settings of Alice's
(respectively Bob's) measuring devices.
or Suarez-Scarani experiment
demonstrates that these nonlocal correlations cannot be explained in
terms of "before" and "after", by time-ordered nonlocal
influences. Giving up the concept of locality is not sufficient to be
consistent with quantum experiments, one has to give up nonlocal determinism,
i.e. the view that one event occurring before in time can be
considered the cause, and the other occurring later in time
the effect. The time-notion makes sense only in the domain of the
relativistic local phenomena. The nonlocal correlations cannot be explained
by any history in spacetime, they come from
outside spacetime. This experimental result
upholds the Copenhagen or orthodox interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.
The single-photon space-like antibunching experiment (proposed 2010 and completed 2012) demonstrates that
the most fundamental principle ruling the material world, the conservation of
energy, requires nonlocal coordination of detection outcomes, i.e.,
non-material agency from outside space-time. Additionally, the experiment is
a natural and most direct demonstration of nonlocality
in a context where the violation of Bell inequalities cannot be used as a
criterion for establishing nonlocality. In this
sense, the experiment highlights the fact that the principle of nonlocality rules the whole of quantum physics and the
material world emerges from non-material features.
The single-photon space-like Michelson-Morley experiment (proposed 2014) combines the "Single-photon space-like antibunching" experiment (2012) and the original "Michelson-Morley" one (1887). The experiment demonstrates that Quantum Physics and Relativity imply each other; you can’t have one without the other. Additionally it allows us to explain how to unify quantum and relativistic correlations, and quantize the spacetime.
Through these and many other
experiments in the past years we have reached a better understanding of what nolocality means: “that quantum correlations happen
without the flow of time”, “that quantum correlations come from outside spacetime”, “that spacetime
does not contain the whole of physical reality”, “that quantum phenomena
cannot be explained exclusively by material principles”. And we understand better the relationship between quantum physics and relativity: “spacetime is quantized or granular”, “even relativistic correlations have to be considered as coming from outside spacetime”. It is not necessary to have the psi ability of “precognition” to see that results proving that “quantum phenomena come from outside spacetime”, “conservation of energy requires non-material agency”, and “spacetime itself comes from outside spacetime” define a new era in science. In fact, they support the view that non-material principles can steer the material world.
The Center for Quantum Philosophy, based in Zurich and Geneva, aims
at wide-spreading these discoveries, and to stimulate the discussion about
their cultural and philosophical implications. In particular, the view that the visible world is governed by invisible, non-material principles can prove useful in tackling anthropological issues like “human free-will and consciousness”, “personal identity”, “definition of death”, “beginning of the human being”, “origin of humanity”.
In this web site you
A section of presentations explaining the basic principles of quantum physics and relativity, and how these theories relate to each-other.
A section of publications on physics presenting experiments and discussing their scientific implications.
A section of publications on anthropology discussing philosophical questions regarding human persons and human kind from the perspective of quantum philosophy.
A talk by John
Bell explaining his theorem at the CERN (Geneva),
followed by an exciting discussion on scientific and philosophical issues.
A biographical note telling the story behind the experiments referred to above.
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