Against "Reality" in Physics. (arXiv:1903.08673v2 [physics.hist-ph] UPDATED)

The concept of "reality" is often raised in the context of philosophical
foundations of physics or interpretations of quantum mechanics. When this term
is so raised, it is a warning to me that I am about to be led down a rabbit
hole. Such diversions usually lead nowhere unless you consider endless
discussions of Schrodinger's cat, wave function collapse, quantum non-locality,
and parallel universes to be useful. A prime example is the famous Einstein,
Podolsky, and Rosen paper wherein they concluded that the quantum wave function
cannot provide a complete description of physical reality. In this essay I
suggest that, in physics discourse, the term "reality" should be avoided at all
costs.

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