chapter  14
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Gentle quantum events as the source of explicate order: G.F.Chew

Bohm 1 has introduced a notion of 'implicate order' to complement the classical Newtonian-Cartesian real-world view of separable objects moving through a space-time continuum. In the present note this classical view will be characterized as 'explicate order.' Quantum-mechanical and relativistic considerations preclude a satisfactory overall world picture based on explicate order; at the same time explicate order is for many purposes accurate and useful - being the underpinning of hard science. What is the source of such accuracy? We propose in this note that explicate order together with space-time is an approximation emerging from complex but coherent collections of 'gentle' quantum events - the emission and absorption of soft photons.