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Entropy 2018, 20(5), 335; https://doi.org/10.3390/e20050335

What Constitutes Emergent Quantum Reality? A Complex System Exploration from Entropic Gravity and the Universal Constants

Space Pole, Circular Avenue, 1180 Brussels, Belgium
Received: 29 March 2018 / Revised: 26 April 2018 / Accepted: 30 April 2018 / Published: 2 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emergent Quantum Mechanics – David Bohm Centennial Perspectives)
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In this work, it is acknowledged that important attempts to devise an emergent quantum (gravity) theory require space-time to be discretized at the Planck scale. It is therefore conjectured that reality is identical to a sub-quantum dynamics of ontological micro-constituents that are connected by a single interaction law. To arrive at a complex system-based toy-model identification of these micro-constituents, two strategies are combined. First, by seeing gravity as an entropic phenomenon and generalizing the dimensional reduction of the associated holographic principle, the universal constants of free space are related to assumed attributes of the micro-constituents. Second, as the effective field dynamics of the micro-constituents must eventually obey Einstein’s field equations, a sub-quantum interaction law is derived from a solution of these equations. A Planck-scale origin for thermodynamic black hole characteristics and novel views on entropic gravity theory result from this approach, which eventually provides a different view on quantum gravity and its unification with the fundamental forces. View Full-Text
Keywords: quantum ontology; sub-quantum dynamics; micro-constituents; emergent space-time; emergent quantum gravity; entropic gravity; black hole thermodynamics quantum ontology; sub-quantum dynamics; micro-constituents; emergent space-time; emergent quantum gravity; entropic gravity; black hole thermodynamics
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Keppens, A. What Constitutes Emergent Quantum Reality? A Complex System Exploration from Entropic Gravity and the Universal Constants. Entropy 2018, 20, 335.

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