Caveat: I'm not a physicist and am a little fuzzy on what exactly what I'm asking here. But I'm hoping someone smarter than me can at least clarify (or dismiss) the question as stupid... :)
This question regards the EPR paradox (aka. "spooky action at a distance").
The supposed "paradox" is that, in one view, information (particle spin) "appears" to travel faster than the speed of light.
First, to me the description of the "paradox" is misleading. The paradox does not occur when either particle's spin is measured; it only occurs if and when the two people measuring the spins reunite to compare notes. If they measure their particles and never meet again, there is no apparent paradox.
In other words, to conduct any experiment confirming involving "spooky action at a distance", information must travel in a complete loop in spacetime:
| ^ | | (*) reunited | / \ Time / \ / \ / \ / \ measure / \ measure particle 1 (*) (*) particle 2 \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / (*) entangled | |
So this brings up the question, could QM's prediction of the outcome of this experiment be reformulated in a more natural way, based on viewing the entire "loop", that doesn't seem so "spooky"?
What if, instead of QM stipulating that the particles are "entangled" and somehow will magically know how each other is measured, we instead simply say that QM stipulates certain restrictions on information traveling around any loop in space time.
If so this stipulation and behavior would likely be invariant to the direction of time. In other words, from a QM point of view, traveling backward in time, you could view the reuniting event as the "entanglement" and the original entanglement point as the "reuniting", with the same apparent outcome (spin "measurements" appearing to agree just so).
Part two of this is: what would the "certain restrictions on information traveling around any loop in space time" be?
I know this is vague. I guess my question is are there any interpretations of QM related to this idea, vague as it is?