We show that a new interpretation of quantum mechanics, in which the notion of event is defined without reference to measurement or observers, allows to construct a quantum general ontology based on systems, states and events. Unlike the Copenhagen interpretation, it does not resort to elements of a classical ontology. The quantum ontology in turn allows us to recognize that a typical behavior of quantum systems exhibits strong emergence and ontological non-reducibility. Such phenomena are not exceptional but natural, and are rooted in the basic mathematical structure of quantum mechanics.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Foundations of Chemistry
Gambini, R., Lewowicz, L., & Pullin, J. (2015). Quantum mechanics, strong emergence and ontological non-reducibility. Foundations of Chemistry, 17 (2), 117-127. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10698-015-9224-1