### Solving the quantum measurement problem with the fractal

## Addressing ‘The Measurement Problem’ by Fractal Landscapes and Reference Points

Understanding
the fractal reveals this measurement problem is not a problem of the micro
quantum world vs. the macro reality as claimed but is an ever-present
problem and property of our reality and a problem prevalent in all sciences. The issue concerns the fractal nature of reality; instances with only repeating patterns and no scale are termed ‘fractal-landscapes’. In
such places, one only knows position when reference points are given — or when
a measurement is made.

The fractal
landscape is a situation with only one—same but different—scale-invariant—fractal pattern. It is demonstrated in this investigation and is prevalent almost everywhere when one tunes into it. The prominent examples are the commonly used fractal examples: clouds, trees and forests, waves on water, sand dunes, snow, and snow drifts.

To further analyse this property of fractals, craters (on the Moon) are examined. The following figures are actual images of ‘same but different at all scales’ craters on the (Earth’s) Moon. Figure 1 shows the Apollo 15 landing from 5000ft above the moon.

Figure 1. The Apollo 15 moon landing from 2000ft looks the same as any height on the flight [1];

Figure 2 Isolated Fractal ‘Crater’ Landscape. An arbitrary image of a scale-invariant — no reference points — crater (actually Earth’s Moon, Lambert crater, see below).

The fabric of reality may be composed of a patchwork of fractal landscapes. If one were to peel away the individual fractals that make up this tapestry, what would remain is a uniform fractal landscape where quantum dilemmas, such as the measurement problem, would reign supreme. If one finds themselves adrift in a complete fractal landscape without any discernible landmarks, they would be unable to pinpoint their location and would be lost.

### Reference Points — ‘Measurement’

When a
reference point is added to the fractal landscape image, all these (invariant) scale problems disappear. From this point on, the scale is known. We are given
position, at least more of an idea of it, and it is here that I claim this is
what is termed the measurement problem: ' a measurement’ is made, 'position' is measured, and this is done so by the addition of reference points.

Figure 4. The human in the image only discerns the scale in the Naica crystal caves [2].

Figure 3 is an image of the same Moon crater as shown in Figure 2. Only the details — the reference points — are added, and Figure 4 is an Earth fractal landscape, the Naica Crystal Caves [2], with a human added to give scale before which the crystals could be of any size. For the Moon image, the reference points show the following:

2. the altitude is not 1:1; it is taken from 200.36km above the surface, making the crater in question relatively large, some 30,000m in diameter;

3. the language system (English) and the number system are a — time — reverence;

4. the compass's north direction is a NASA reference;

5. There may be more references, such as the shadow, the longitude and latitude, etc.

The NASA
Apollo crews remarked on this problem of scale, and it was for this reason that they needed onboard radar to make a safe landing. Watching the NASA film clip [1] of the Apollo 15 landing from 5000ft up, this problem of invariance is clear to see: We—and the astronauts—cannot discern height. The image is similar at 5000ft and 2000ft and only differs when
dust is blown from the engines.

The images of Moon craters contain reference points that serve as observation and measurement tools. By collapsing the fractal's non-location issue, these reference points reveal scale and position. This process is not a matter of conscious observation but rather a means of collapsing the fractal landscape. Whether on the Koch snowflake or the Moon craters, reference points serve to collapse the wave evolution of the fractal and provide a fixed position. The Moon crater example illustrates the practical fractal problem that underlies the quantum problem in reality.

### Quantum-Classical Transition

The fractal property of a repetitive scale invariant regular pattern can be used to address the quantum-classical transition. While an equation can be created to describe this pattern, the transition occurs when a reference point or points reveal the scale and position of the object. In the absence of reference points, classical properties apply throughout the fractal landscape of the quantum state. Thus, the transition is a fractal problem rather than a quantum problem.

References:

1. Flying
Down to Hadley Rille, Apollo 15 Moon Landing, 1971. 2019. Available:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvKg68DcTZA

2. Cave
of the Crystals. Wikipedia. 2020. Available:
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cave_of_the_Crystals&oldid=964154783

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