Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Wheeler, J.A.
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Natural Laws Genz II
Natural Laws/Wheeler/Genz: Thesis: We do not need natural laws if everything happens through the co-operation of individual events which together obey the statistical laws of quantum mechanics.
Genz II 287
Natural Law/Origin/Law/Wheeler/Genz: Wheeler has called his text "Law without law", which seeks the origin of natural laws without accepting underlying laws.
Holger Nielsen/Genz: "Random Dynamics Project": thesis: possible fundamental laws for small distances could be different without this affecting us.
Natural laws/Wheeler/Genz: Thesis: Natural laws should be traced back to observations. Not human observers, but solidifications (see above) which have occurred, and therefore cannot be reversed.
"Elemental quantum phenomenon"/Wheeler: the phenomenon emerges from a lot of possibilities and is solidified to a fact. It becomes a phenomenon, by an avalanche of processes that it triggers...
II 288
...and by which it is "enlarged". It is only a phenomenon when it is noticed.
A) by a track
B) by an excitation like a momentary temperature increase, which immediately decays again. At the same time, quantum mechanical information is destroyed by making it both noticeable and unreadable. Then only the universe as a whole can be the observer.
II 290
Delayed choice/Wheeler: Experiment: analogous to the double slit experiment: e.g. chamber with only one photon and two mirrors as well as two semipermeable mirrors. If the semipermeable mirrors are only placed in position during the experiment, there is an extinction at a detector, in the other an amplification (by interference) of the beam.
Classic: the photon impinging on the mirror causes it to wobble and destroy the interference pattern.
Genz II 295
Wheeler/Natural laws/Genz: Thesis: God must roll dice, otherwise we could not understand "his" laws. ((s) initial conditions are more understandable than natural laws, which would be arbitrary).
Law/Wheeler: thesis: every law will ultimately prove to be statistical.
II 295
Natural laws/Wheeler/Genz: Thesis: The natural laws emerged after the Big Bang and will be destroyed by the end of the universe.

Whee I
J. A. Wheeler
Quantum Theory and Measurement Princeton 2014

Gz I
H. Genz
Gedankenexperimente Weinheim 1999

Henning Genz
Wie die Naturgesetze Wirklichkeit schaffen. Über Physik und Realität München 2002

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-04-24