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(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1998)

Document title

Decoherence, quantum theory and their implications for the philosophy of geomorphology

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HARRISON S. ; DUNHAM P. ;

Abstract

This paper draws lessons from quantum mechanics and the related concepts of decoherence and entanglement to explore the theoretical limitations of both of these existing approaches to geomorphology. It is suggested that empiricist and realist approaches are misguided in their attempts to view the researcher as being in some way detached from the reality of the environmental system under investigation. The paper also challenges the claims to represent truth, and the deterministic view of causation. It concludes by suggesting that an idealist approach to geomorphology - one that recognizes the primacy of consciousness - can better appreciate the unpredictable and probabilistic nature of the world

Source

Article of periodic

published at : Transactions - Institute of British Geographers / ISSN 0020-2754 / CODEN IBGTAE

Editor : Institute of British Geographers, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1965)

Millesime : 1998, vol. 23, no4 [pp. 501-514]

Bibliographic references : 88 ref.

Language

Anglais

Localisation

Laboratoire INTERGEO - Paris

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 3702

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