Monday, January 26, 2009

A syllogistic argument

For some unknown reason I was reading up on syllogistic argument the other day and came up with this:
  • All classical trajectories are deterministic (i.e. not probabilistic).
  • (if there exists a correspondence limit for quantum mechanics then) Some quantum trajectories are classical (in terms of expectation values of observables).
  • Hence, some quantum trajectories are deterministic (¿ in terms of expectation values of observables ?).
not sure that this is even vaguely surprising yet I get the feeling there is a mistake in the logic. If so - I would like to know where - hence posting it here for constructive criticism.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the correspondence principle, with its notion of limits, is indeed only true in the classical limit, so the syllogism becomes almost a tautology