Do EPR-Bell correlations require a non-local interpretation of quantum mechanics? I: Wigner approach Academic Article uri icon


  • Bell inequality experiments teach us that, to explain the data, a hidden variable theory must be non-local. But, to also apply this conclusion to quantum mechanics is unjustified. The key assumptions required to obtain a Bell inequality are (1) locality and (2) the assignment of meaningful (non-negative) probabilities to seemingly physical correlations (Bell expresses these correlations via "hidden variables"). Since the Bell inequality is violated by experiment, at least one of these assumptions is wrong. The widespread conclusion that locality must be relinquished is unwarranted; rather, the previously mentioned correlations are not physical observables - they are not elements of physical reality. 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Scully, M. O., Erez, N., & Fry, E. S.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Scully, MO||Erez, N||Fry, ES

publication date

  • November 2005