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Quantum physics and determinism [duplicate]

According to classical physics if we know space-time coordinates of every atom in the universe, we can predict the future. But quantum physics introduced probability throwing determinism out of ...
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How can the past, the present and the future coexist at the same time? [closed]

We all heard it many times, the theory of Time suggest it is parallel rather than being linear. This leaves the door opened for alternate realities and well, immortality. However, even after reading ...
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Quantum Mechanics in your face

In this lecture Quantum Mechanics in your face by Sidney Coleman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtyNMlXN-sw Does he state that there's only evolution according to Schrodinger's equation in QM and it ...
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Probabilistic realism

On consideration of Bell's inequalities and this Why is quantum entanglement considered to be an active link between particles?. Either localism or realism has to be given up. Can't we have a ...
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Can we predict throwing a dice?

What happens if we throw a dice from same position, with same force, by creating a vacuum environment on earth? Will it be predictable now i.e. will the dice have same results all the time? If answer ...
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Have David Wolpert's findings really “slammed the door” on scientific determinism?

I recently read an article describing how mathematician/physicist David Wolpert's research closed the door on scientific determinism. I have huge doubts about the implied conclusion, considering the ...
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Is quantum physics truly random or does it just appear that way because of Heisenberg uncertainty principle

The behavior of an electron (and other tiny things) is said to be probabilistic because we can't say where an election will be when we measure it, but only where it will probably be. As I understand ...
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Does the uncertainity principle actually attack determinism? [closed]

It's not really clear to me how does QM attacks determinism. It sure attacks computability, which is a component of newtonian, naive determinism, but it's often claimed to destroy determinism itself ...
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Does Bell's theorem exclude local hidden variables as explanation for radioactive decay?

Often it is said that Bell's theorem (and the observed violations thereof) rules out local hidden variable theories as the explanation for the seeming non-determinism found in quantum mechanics. I'm ...
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Generalised velocities enough to be deterministic in Lagrangian mechanics?

In classical determinism we need to know $2n$ quantities of our system and the equation of motion to predict it's future. In Lagrangian mechanics this is equivalent to knowing $q$ and $\dot q$, the ...
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Does the Heisenberg uncertainty principle preclude moving in a straight path with certainty?

The uncertainty principle is σₓσₚ ≥ 0.5 ℏ where x is position and p is momentum. Consider a 2d plane. If one moves along a straight line along the plane (possibly backtracking or moving forwards but ...
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How do particles “know” when to decay?

So, as I understand it, in a substance that is made of radioactive elements, the half-life tells us how long until the half of those atoms decay into their next atom [is there a name for that: the ...
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Is there anything random? [duplicate]

Is there (in universe, wherever) anything random? Do we know any event (or whatever else) which has no reason? Of course there are some things that we cannot see, measure but it doesn't mean that they ...
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Deterministic universe for dummies [duplicate]

Is there a general consensus about whether the universe is deterministic? Is it still up in the air? I have attempted to read other physics.stackexchange answers and do some independent research, but ...
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Can universe or anything be simulated with absolute accuracy? [duplicate]

In a simulation everything is known which makes any apparent random event a pre-calculated event. Taking that into account is it possible to simulate the universe with absolute accuracy in a way that ...
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Collisions and time-reversal

Shorter version: I am wondering if non-elastic collisions preserve time-symmetery; i.e., given a set of objects with positions and velocities known at a given time, we can calculate forward in time ...
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Predetermined Consequences? [duplicate]

My friend said that everything that will ever happen in the universe has already been determined, and he said that can never be unchanged, it's (metaphorically) unbreakable. Does that mean that it's ...
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Determinism of Quantum Mechanics [duplicate]

I am sorry for the title, which seems to be into the philosophical discussions about reality going random in quantum scale. My aim is to approach the question in a definite and most reasonable, though ...
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Is there enough information in a given quantum state to determine the state beforehand?

If I knew all the information about a state, and I knew the laws of physics in their complete totality, could I "reverse engineer" it to find, with 100% certainty, the state before it?
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Why does the Stern–Gerlach quantum spin experiment conflict with classical mechanics?

My understanding of the Stern–Gerlach experiment is that neutral (0 total charge) particles are sent through a non-homogeneous magnetic field, with the expectation that the field will push that ...
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Are radioactive decays truly random? [duplicate]

By truly random I mean that IF we knew the position and velocity of every particle in radioactive isotope, could we predict when the decay would happen?
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Is the world Markovian according to modern theories (QM, GR, etc.)?

Is the world Markovian according to modern theories (QM, GR, etc.)? According to modern theories, is it true that there is no additional knowledge to be gained from the past for predicting the future ...
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When everything follows strict laws in the universe, where does probability come from? [duplicate]

I am told that we can't predict whether we shall get a head or tail. We can only say that for an unbiased coin there is 50% probability for either. But coin is not case of Quantum Physics! I have ...
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Why are position and velocity enough for prediction and acceleration is unnecessary?

In classical mechanics, if you take a snapshot and get the momentary positions and velocities of all particles in a system, you can derive all past and future paths of the particles. It doesn't seem ...
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Can string theory get rid of randomness in quantum processes?

I am not a physicist, but I am very much into popular science, especially string theory. I would like to know if it is conceivable that string theory might be able to get rid of the randomness ...
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Are there any viable toy models of superdeterministic quantum mechanics?

As far as I know, superdeterminism in quantum mechanics is only considered as a theoretical possibility. Are there any fleshed out superdeterministic toy models so far which isn't nonlocal?
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If entropy is increasing does it mean universe is non-deterministic?

I watched some video where they said entropy can be considered as information. They also stated that universe's entropy is always increasing... Now here comes the problem my IT mind can't understand: ...
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Argument for proving that the universe must be indeterministic [duplicate]

Can there exist an argument that could be used for proving that the universe is indeterministic? If this one seems to be too strict (rigorous), I would also be interested to know a 1-sentence ...
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I don't get the concept of “God plays with dice” - In what scenario is it proven that he does? [duplicate]

Does God Play With Dice? by Stephen Hawking I am no physicists, but I don't get the concept of God playing with dice. Logic shows me that the entire universe is calculated very precisely according ...
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How can randomness exist? [duplicate]

Apparently radioactive decay cannot is entirely random (I'm just picking something that's currently accepted as random). However, since it's caused by something, if you had the means to do so, surely ...
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Does quantum mechanics contradict macroscopic determinism?

I am wondering whether it is true to ask whether determinism is still completely viable at macroscopic scales given that the constituent particles behave according to QM when the dimensions get small ...
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Interesting (new to me) things in the exposition of Landau's book on QM

In section I.1 (The uncertainty principle), a principle I already know, the author suggests a "relaxing" picture (Unusual): "We have defined "apparatus" as a physical object which is governed, ...
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In QFT, do the fields evolve with determinism, in principle?

In quantum mechanics, the outcomes of a certain measurement might not be deterministic. However, the wavefunction evolves with determinism according to Schrodinger's equation. Is QFT analogous in ...
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Radioactive decay - What mechanism decides when an unstable nucleus decays?

My first question on Stackexchange (if it is formatted wrong or something please tell me so I know in future) - here it is: Given an unstable nucleus (exactly which nucleus is not particularly ...
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Is quantum indeterministic? [duplicate]

The question might look clear from a viewpoint of a non-physics guy but let me be more specific. Can we say quantum leaps or waves or maybe the universe itself are completely indeterministic or do ...
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Is the mechanics of the wave function in the quantum mechanics deterministic?

Is possible a non-deterministic propagation of the wave function in the QM?
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Question on the logical structure of the EPR argument and Bell's inequalities

Recently I have read a lot online about the EPR argument and Bell's inequalities and its implications. When comparing what people write there online with the actual research articles of Einstein and ...
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Could the universe have evolved WITHOUT the non-determinism of quantum mechanics? [closed]

(I'm going to make a few conjectures here - please answer the question in light of them as if they were true, even though of course they may be overly simplistic or wrong) Assuming that: the ...
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Is the future already determined?

I've always wondered (and was re-inspired to explore further from these two videos) that if at a single point of time we know about the complete state (position, momentum, spins, everything.) of every ...
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Do randomness and indeterminacy in Quantum Physics mean the same?

I have been trying to learn about the randomness in Quantum Physics. But of the many sources I referred to, some say about "Randomness in Quantum physics" and some others say about "Quantum ...
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Uncertainty principle implies the non-deterministic universe? [duplicate]

Does the uncertainty principle imply the non-deterministic universe, or just the fact that our model of the universe, the one based on observation, can be at most non-deterministic, since we will not ...
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From where randomness comes from and why it exists? [closed]

I recently began to study statistics and probability and I have two questions: Where does randomness come from? What is the source of randomness? Why does the randomness exist? Is it possible to ...
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Uncertainty Principle tricked - so why not Newtonian Determinism?

Recently I read that some results are obtained in directions of tricking the uncertainty principle. The relevant link is here: http://www.caltech.edu/content/tricking-uncertainty-principle , and the ...
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Modeling Quantum Aspects with Probability

This is a question I've had a while about quantum theory. Many times when I look at books and equations about this subject matter I see that the use many concepts in probability. (Correct me if Im ...
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How does determinism manifest out of QFT?

Classical electrodynamics is deterministic. QED is indeterministic, or probabilistically random. Yet they agree with each other? What am I missing?
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What is the motivation for introducing “ontological state” in 't Hooft's deterministic quantum mechanics

I tried to read Prof. 't Hooft's new paper The Cellular Automaton Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics A View on the Quantum Nature of our Universe, Compulsory or Impossible? and encountered difficulty ...
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determinism, and quantum computing

It might seem logical to presume that the exact state of the world around us could have been predicted given a big enough computer to analyse all the particle's interactions and what not. Determinism ...
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Is it really impossible to calculate in advance the result of throwing dice?

Is it really impossible to calculate in advance the result of throwing dice? After all, the physics of dice throwing is in the world of classical mechanics, rather than quantum mechanics.
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Does causality alone resolve the mathematical ambiguity of expressing physical systems?

Newton's 2nd law of motion is most often written in the differential form $\sum F = {dp \over dt} $ but can also be expressed in an integral form $ p = \int\sum F dt $ Each form of expressing ...
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Are there any causeless phenomena from the mainstream physical viewpoint? [closed]

EDIT: The orginal version did not produce any answers about physics. I know what life is, I have studied that for decades. I wanted to hear how the border between matter and spirit looks from the ...