Welcome! Here you will find information about the latest, relativistic version of the transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics, 'RTI', blog posts, and an opportunity for informal discussion. The transactional interpretation (TI) is a new way of understanding what's behind the formalism of  quantum physics. I'm pleased to announce the formation of a new non-profit research … Continue reading Welcome!

Is standard (unitary-only) quantum theory refuted?

The standard theory of quantum mechanics has no intrinsic "collapse" or reduction. At most, it sometimes makes use of a "collapse postulate" that has no physical account in the theory itself and is applied to fill the explanatory gap between the usual unitary evolution (which, in general, does not yield a determinate result--that's the "Schrodinger's … Continue reading Is standard (unitary-only) quantum theory refuted?

Why arguments against free will based on physics are hugely overrated

It seems that many scientists are eager to throw in the towel on free will. This somewhat technical article, published in Probing the Meaning of Quantum Mechanics: Superpositions, Dynamics, Semantics and Identity , Eds. D. Aerts et al, (2016) https://doi.org/10.1142/10185 , explains why that is a serious mistake. If anything, our best physical theories actually suggest … Continue reading Why arguments against free will based on physics are hugely overrated

No, different observers do not see “irreconcilable facts”: on “Wigner’s Friend”

A recent experiment in the lab, billed as a "Wigner's Friend" experiment, has been interpreted as a test of "local observer independence." The authors claim the experiment shows that observers must irreconcilably disagree on facts related to quantum measurements. The paper linked below (recently accepted in Foundations of Physics) shows that this is a misinterpretation … Continue reading No, different observers do not see “irreconcilable facts”: on “Wigner’s Friend”

Happy New Year! …and the latest on RTI

I'm celebrating the advent of 2021 with a post featuring the very latest theoretical developments supporting the Relativistic Transactional Interpretation (RTI): The Relativistic Transactional Interpretation and The Quantum Direct-Action Theory This material is based on Chapter 5 of the forthcoming 2nd Edition of my book The Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: The Reality of Possibility … Continue reading Happy New Year! …and the latest on RTI

A Common Worry About TI and Why It’s Not a Problem

In this post, I address a question that pops up from time to time as a possible objection to the transactional picture. The scenario involves a very distant star that engages in a transaction with a person’s eye, so that they see the star as it existed billions of years ago. But suppose the star … Continue reading A Common Worry About TI and Why It’s Not a Problem

Latest incarnation of the Schrödinger Cat Paradox forces a new view of quantum theory

I’ve updated this post since this paper is now published in Foundations of Physics, at this link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10701-020-00336-6

Transactional Interpretation

A recent paper by Frauchiger and Renner has brought to light a serious problem with  conventional approaches to quantum theory, by deriving a contradiction using those approaches. In  FR Paradox Kastner 10.17.19  I argue that the paradox shows that quantum theory leads to absurdities and inconsistencies unless there is a clear physical criterion for ‘measurement’.  This is a draft, so comments welcome!

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