**From:** John K Clark (*johnkclark@fastmail.fm*)

**Date:** Tue Feb 10 2009 - 01:09:16 MST

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On Mon, 09 Feb 2009 22:47:36 -0500, "Peter de Blanc"

<peter@spaceandgames.com> said:

*> Isn't x a complex number, and the probability is the square of the
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*> modulus? Then it doesn't follow that F is either even or odd.
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I’m not following you. The quantum wave function is the square root of a

probability and being a square root means it can and does have negative

terms in it and even imaginary terms, and that means the quantum wave

function is not a scalar like simple probability but a vector with an

intensity and a direction, and that means you can not just add up 2

independent probabilities to figure the probability both will happen the

way we usually do, and that means two very different wave functions can

yield the same probabilities, and that means we can't do things the way

"common sense" would dictate. And that's why the quantum world is so

weird.

John K Clark

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