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Sun Feb 24 23:53:24 CET 2013

Quantum Information

An interesting talk[1] about interpretation of QM.  Slides here[6].

Merits some investigation, some strong claims made here :)
Seems that most of it comes from [7] and [12].
  
  "We" are not made of atoms, we are made of (classical) bits.
  "Correlations without correlata" -- David Mermin[2].

That last phrase is in [11] and in a 1998 publication by Mermin[12].

Then he goes a bit on a roll:

  The cassical world is not real.  We are just information.  We are
  our thoughts.  We are a simulation running on a quantum computer.

Some quotes skipped in the presentation:

  ... the particle-like behavior of quantum systems is an illusion
  created by the incomplete observation of a quantum (entangled)
  system with a macroscopic number of degrees of freedom.

  ... randomness is not an essential cornerstone of quantum
  measurement but rather an illusion created by it

      -- Nicholas Cerf and Chris Adami

I could trace the first quote down to Cerf and Adami paper[7].  I did
not find many things that cite it, so not sure if this is a fringe
thing...  One is here[8]. 

Quotes skipped in the presentation:

  ... the particle-like behavior of quantum systems is an illusion
  created by the incomplete observation of a quantum (entangled)
  system with a macroscopic number of degrees of freedom.

  ... randomness is not an essential cornerstone of quantum
  measurement but rather an illusion created by it

      -- Nicholas Cerf and Chris Adami

He also mentions Mermin's book[3]: Boojums All the Way through.
Some Arxiv papers[4] on QI.  Some of these mention QBism[5].

I could trace the first quote down to Cerf and Adami paper[7].  I did
not find many things that cite it, so not sure if this is a fringe
thing...  One is here[8].  That paper is not in Cerf's publication
list (through [9]) but it is probably similar to a bunch from that
period that are, like [10] (paywalled).



[1] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEaecUuEqfc
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Mermin
[3] http://www.cambridge.org/gb/knowledge/isbn/item1139045/?site_locale=en_GB
[4] http://arxiv.org/find/quant-ph/1/au:+Mermin_N/0/1/0/all/0/1
[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_Bayesianism
[6] http://www.slideshare.net/UnitB166ER/the-quantum-conspiracy-what-popularizers-of-quantum-mechanics-dont-want-you-to-know-by-ron-garret
[7] http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/9605002
[8] http://www.sfu.ca/~pbastani/cmpt881.pdf
[9] http://quic.ulb.ac.be/members/ncer
[10] http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=300811
[11] http://chaos.swarthmore.edu/courses/phys134/papers/mohr1.pdf
[12] http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/9801057



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