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Single Idea 20975

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / A. Classical Physics / 2. Thermodynamics / c. Conservation of energy]

Full Idea

The conservation of energy is apparently violated by 'wave collapses' in quantum systems.

Gist of Idea

Quantum 'wave collapses' seem to violate conservation of energy


David Papineau (Thinking about Consciousness [2002], A 7 n15)

A Reaction

One could imagine it being a little harder to verify the conservation of energy at the quantum levels, where particles and anti-particles pop in and out of existence. I've been wondering why there is some suspicion of collapses.

Book Reference

Papineau,David: 'Thinking about Consciousness' [OUP 2004], p.255

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