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[–] zyxzevn 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

What is the simplest solution?

Most scientists don't know that one very simple solution exists. Instead they invoke reality breaking magic: multiple worlds and virtual particles.

Plank had proposed a Threshold theory which is the simplest solution that I have seen. Energy is distributed over all directions, in waves, just like light. At the detector end, the energy can reach a threshold at some point. And if it does, the detector gives off a signal. We think that a photon has been received.

Start:
5 4 3 2 1 5 6 9 2 0 2
Finish:
6 5 4 3 2 6 7 X 3 1 3
So with a threshold of 9, we find a "particle X" in the 8th position of the detector.

Sometimes we may detect 2 "particles" at the same time. And according to the experiments at http://www.thresholdmodel.com this is actually what happens. The experimenter is not a good talker, but just go through his experimental results.

This is the alternative solution for Einstein's photon model, and it works well for quantum mechanics in all tests that I have seen. The solution is so simple that I find it more of a miracle that it is not one of the leading interpretations of quantum physics.

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[–] 22trilionAsecond 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.

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[–] zyxzevn 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Light is spread over all detectors. Maybe even all atoms. It is like spraying water in the air and catching it in different glasses. If the glass is full the detector detects a photon. That glass is now empty again.
The glasses start with a random starting level. But at first scientists thought that the glasses started empty. So that is why they dismissed this option.

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[–] neogag 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Thanks for the writeup! I hadn't heard of this model. That does sound like it makes infinitely more sense than the cheat mode they invoked to make quantum physics work.