Quantum Particles as Conceptual Entities: A Possible Explanatory Framework for Quantum Theory

  title={Quantum Particles as Conceptual Entities: A Possible Explanatory Framework for Quantum Theory},
  author={Diederik Aerts},
  journal={Foundations of Science},
  • Diederik Aerts
  • Published 21 October 2009
  • Philosophy, Physics
  • Foundations of Science
We put forward a possible new interpretation and explanatory framework for quantum theory. The basic hypothesis underlying this new framework is that quantum particles are conceptual entities. More concretely, we propose that quantum particles interact with ordinary matter, nuclei, atoms, molecules, macroscopic material entities, measuring apparatuses,  in a similar way to how human concepts interact with memory structures, human minds or artificial memories. We analyze the most characteristic… 
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