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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: April 2020

8 - Temporal Relationalism

from Part II - Time in Quantum Theories of Gravity


I review the hypothesis that neither space nor quantum mechanics is fundamental, and both are emergent from a more fundamental description that is neither. This fundamental description is a completion of quantum mechanics based on relational hidden variables. Here, relational means that they give a fuller description, not of an individual particle but of a network of relations among particles. This completion of quantum mechanics does not live in space, rather space is an emergent description of an underlying network of relations. Since locality is, in this sense, emergent, locality can be disordered, and one of the effects of this is quantum nonlocality. This summarizes a line of thought that weaves through many of my papers on quantum foundations, from the early 1980s to the present.