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Quantum mechanics is a classical theory (#1)

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Published on Dec 12, 2012

The Hidden Assumptions of Bell's Inequality
Ghenadie N. Mardari & James A. Greenwood
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Abstract: Bell's inequality describes the behavior of correlated mixed states in which components do not interfere with each other (no superposition at the level of single events). Quantum mechanics is able to violate this inequality, because it assumes the reality of superposition for the components of each mixed state. Yet, classical superposition predicts the same thing. The problem is that quantum detectors are assumed to sample unperturbed components states, rather than net states of superposition, in the most popular classical scenarios. This, in turn, is determined by the assumption that photons are point-like entities that do not interact with each other. In short, Bell's inequality is only relevant for a narrow class of hypothetical classical models.

Note: Quantum mechanics describes the whole population of quanta in a beam with a single state vector. This vector contains every possible component state in superposition. Hidden variable theories require many independent vectors, one for each component state. These alternative models cannot reproduce the predictions of quantum mechanics for entangled beams, and have no choice but to invoke non-local interactions between detectors, in order to fit their predictions to the data. Notice that quantum mechanics itself does not require measurement interactions. It explains everything via superposition. The conclusion of spooky action-at-a-distance only follows from the attempts to build "better" theories. As we argue, there is no need to look for such alternatives, because classical superposition is formally identical to quantum superposition. As far as "the math" is concerned, quantum mechanics is a classical theory. Non-classical interpretations only follow from unnecessary and unverifiable assumptions.

See also "Overcoming the EPR paradox" @ http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0412160v2
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