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Jul 13, 2021

On Quantum Collapse as a Basis for the Second Law of Thermodynamics

Posted by in categories: law, quantum physics, time travel

Basically means that time travel would be tricky as the reality bubble could collapse. One would need to strengthen the reality so that the past would still be the past and future the future.


It was first suggested by David Z. Albert that the existence of a real, physical non-unitary process (i.e., “collapse”) at the quantum level would yield a complete explanation for the Second Law of Thermodynamics (i.e., the increase in entropy over time). The contribution of such a process would be to provide a physical basis for the ontological indeterminacy needed to derive the irreversible Second Law against a backdrop of otherwise reversible, deterministic physical laws. An alternative understanding of the source of this possible quantum “collapse” or non-unitarity is presented herein, in terms of the Transactional Interpretation (TI).

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