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  •  The lack of object permanence is not just for (2+ / 0-)
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    small children.  Later on some smart people realize that object permanence may be just an illusion.  Of course, that also means that astronomers may end up being the biggest mass murderers ever.

    There is no saving throw against stupid.

    by Throw The Bums Out on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 11:57:12 AM PDT

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    •  Copenhagen interpretation doesn't mean that (3+ / 0-)

      Dude, you got it backwards. The Copenhagen Interpretation does not speak about reality. It only speaks about quantum theory. In fact, it divorces theory from reality and says we should not draw any conclusions about reality from quantum mechanics. In the Copenhagen Interpretation, it is not that objects are impermanent, it is that the quantum wave function is not real. It is only a predictive tool.

      And the concept of "object permanence" is a psychological one. It refers to characteristics of mind, the ability of mind to infer that an object no longer seen still exists, in the colloquial macroscopic sense that we understand "existence." Macroscopic objects in the real world do not "cease to exist" in the colloquial sense just because we can no longer see them.

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