DOI: 10.14704/nq.2012.10.2.444

The Measurement Problem in Quantum Mechanics: Well, Where’s the Problem?

Sultan Tarlacı


The most discussed thought experiment in quantum mechanics (QM) is the one of the dead+living cat, which sets out to explain what is known as the measurement problem. Since the first years of QM, and despite various arguments, the widespread beliefs of the past few years have tended towards including a conscious observer in the act of measurement. Various different opinions have been expressed on the measurement problem by various schools of thought and leading physicists, but none of them has been decisive. Especially, the introduction of an observer (human-brain-consciousness-mind-intelligence) carrying out measurements into the experiment or into the setup of the experiment has led to even more complex problems. Today also, new solutions are being put forward. This article deals with the thought experiment of Schrödinger’s cat and suggestions for alternative solutions by introducing a conscious observer.

NeuroQuantology |June 2012 | Volume 10 | Issue 2 | Page 216-229


measurement problem; superposition; observer; consciousness; mind; wavefunction collapse

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