Foundations of Physics Letters
, Volume 19, Issue 7, pp 633655
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Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
 Travis NorsenAffiliated withMarlboro College Email author
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It is demonstrated that hidden variables of a certain type follow logically from a certain local causality requirement (“Bell Locality”) and the empirically wellsupported predictions of quantum theory for the standard EPRBell set up. The demonstrated hidden variables are precisely those needed for the derivation of the Bell Inequalities. We thus refute the widespread view that empirical violations of Bell Inequalities leave open a choice of whether to reject (i) locality or (ii) hidden variables. Both principles are indeed assumed in the derivation of the inequalities, but since, as we demonstrate here, (ii) actually follows from (i), there is no choice but to blame the violation of Bell's Inequality on (i). Our main conclusion is thus no Bell Local theory can be consistent with what is known from experiment about the correlations exhibited by separated particles. Aside from our conclusion being based on a different sense of locality this conclusion resembles one that has been advocated recently by H.P. Stapp. We therefore also carefully contrast the argument presented here to that proposed by Stapp.
Key words:
EPR Bell's theorem nonlocality Stapp hidden variables Title
 Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
 Journal

Foundations of Physics Letters
Volume 19, Issue 7 , pp 633655
 Cover Date
 200612
 DOI
 10.1007/s1070200610559
 Print ISSN
 08949875
 Online ISSN
 15729524
 Publisher
 Kluwer Academic PublishersPlenum Publishers
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 Topics
 Keywords

 EPR
 Bell's theorem
 nonlocality
 Stapp
 hidden variables
 Authors

 Travis Norsen ^{(1)}
 Author Affiliations

 1. Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont, 05344, USA