Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 13, No 2 (2017)

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Seeming Backward-in-Time Actions in Forward-in-Time Realistically Interpreted Orthodox Relativistic Quantum Field Theory

Henry Stapp


Many experiments seem to require causal influences acting into the backward light cone. Any such effect, if true, would conflict with the basic forward-in-time-dynamics of orthodox relativistic quantum field theory. It is shown here how such an appearance can arise from a difference between two different conceptions of the past. Two diagrams will illustrate how the Bem-reported results of his "erotic picture" experiments can be understood within forward-in-time realistically interpreted orthodox quantum field theory. A separate second topic is "quasi-orthodox quantum mechanics" in which nature's responses to the observer's probing queries are biased away from the Born-rule prediction, and in favor of "stimulating" human experiences, in concordance with Bem's data.

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