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The Classical-Quantum Dichotomy from the Perspective of the Process Algebra

Collective Intelligence Laboratory, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON L8S 2T6, Canada
Academic Editors: Andrei Khrennikov and Karl Svozil
Entropy 2022, 24(2), 184; https://doi.org/10.3390/e24020184
Received: 4 January 2022 / Revised: 24 January 2022 / Accepted: 24 January 2022 / Published: 26 January 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Quantum Probability and Randomness III)
The classical-quantum dichotomy is analyzed from the perspective of the Process Algebra approach, which views fundamental phenomena through the lens of complex systems theory and Whitehead’s process theory. Broadly, the dichotomy can be framed in terms of differences in ontology (phenomena and their behavior) and differences in epistemology (theoretical languages used in their description). The Process Algebra posits a reality, generated by processes, whose fundamental characteristics include becoming, generativity, transience, locality, and contextuality. From this perspective, the classical-quantum dichotomy appears to be a false dichotomy—it arises because of stereotyped, strawman-like depictions of what it means to be classical or quantum. A more careful examination reveals that reality is unitary, that whether a system behaves in a quantum or classical manner depends upon its particularities, in particular, whether it is complex or not, and how information flows govern its dynamics. View Full-Text
Keywords: classical-quantum boundary; contextuality; process algebra; generativity; information; locality classical-quantum boundary; contextuality; process algebra; generativity; information; locality
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