Foundations of Science

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Ephemeral Properties and the Illusion of Microscopic Particles

  • Massimiliano Sassoli de BianchiEmail author


Founding our analysis on the Geneva-Brussels approach to quantum mechanics, we use conventional macroscopic objects as guiding examples to clarify the content of two important results of the beginning of twentieth century: Einstein–Podolsky–Rosen’s reality criterion and Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. We then use them in combination to show that our widespread belief in the existence of microscopic particles is only the result of a cognitive illusion, as microscopic particles are not particles, but are instead the ephemeral spatial and local manifestations of non-spatial and non-local entities.


Microscopic particle Existence Spatiality Individuality 


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  1. 1.Laboratorio di Autoricerca di BaseCaronaSwitzerland

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