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The Dead-Alive Physicist Gedankenexperiment Debunked

Version 1 : Received: 10 January 2021 / Approved: 12 January 2021 / Online: 12 January 2021 (10:28:53 CET)

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Journal reference: Quantum Physics Letters 2022, 11, 1-7
DOI: 10.18576/qpl/110101


We refute a recently proposed thought experiment namely the Dead-Alive Physicist (DAP) whose authors claim it to be the falsification of the von Neumann interpretation in Quantum Mechanics. We discover major flaws in their model and our justification serves the purpose of disregarding further claims and assertions made in the paper at various stages. Thus, in a yet another situation, it is proven that the formalism advanced by von Neumann is non-trivial and non-falsifiable.


Quantum Superposition; Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics; State Vector Reduction; Measurement Problem; von Neumann Interpretation



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