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Re: [ontolog-forum] A "common basis"

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From: Kathryn Blackmond Laskey <klaskey@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 02 May 2007 22:16:21 -0400
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Pat -    (01)

>   To say there are protons "in the nucleus" does not make any
>commitment as to whether the thing called "proton" is a point particle
>or a distributed wave function;    (02)

I wasn't talking about localization. I was talking about the 
existence of a "thing" we can call a proton.  In quantum mechanics 
there are no distinguishable "things" we can identify as individual 
protons.  Rather, there is only one "thing" we can identify as an 
n-proton wave function, where n is the number of protons in the 
universe.  In relativistic quantum theory, there isn't even a 
definite number of protons.  There is just a mass-energy function 
that gives probabilities that if proton-localization experiments are 
conducted at given locations, proton-detection events will occur.    (03)

K    (04)

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