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ssrn-id1151970 - Of Non-Horses, Quantum Mechanics, and the...

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Electronic copy available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1151970 Of Non-Horses, Quantum Mechanics, and the Establishment Clause John M. Bickers * “To use a horse to show that a horse is not a horse is not as good as using a non-horse to show that a horse is not a horse.” 1 I. The Non-Horse. ........................................................................................................... 2 II. Neutrality and the Non-Horse. .................................................................................... 5 A. The Court’s Quixotic Quest. ................................................................................... 5 B. Other Views of Neutrality. .................................................................................... 12 C. Impossibility and Logic . ....................................................................................... 18 D. The Ten Commandments Cases. ........................................................................... 20 III. A Brief Detour into the Odd World of Quantum Mechanics. ................................... 26 A. What Matters is Measurement . ............................................................................. 26 1. The Stern-Gerlach Device. ................................................................................ 26 2. Light and the Two Slits. .................................................................................... 29 B. “Do you really think the moon is only there when you look at it?” . .................... 31 IV. Copenhagen and the Establishment Clause . ............................................................. 33 A. Justice Breyer’s Ruminations . .............................................................................. 35 B. The Chaos that Exists. ........................................................................................... 37 1. Other Fraternal Order of Eagles Monuments. ................................................... 38 2. Other “Foundations of American Law and Government” Displays . ................ 40 3. The Rock in the Desert . .................................................................................... 41 4. The City of the Crosses. .................................................................................... 43 5. The Bible Monument. ....................................................................................... 44 6. The Divine Comedy. ......................................................................................... 47 C. The Neglected Value: Religious Peace. ................................................................ 50 V. Conclusion . ............................................................................................................... 52 * Assistant Professor, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University. I am indebted to Professor Matthew Zacate, of the NKU Physics Department, for listening patiently to my early ideas regarding quantum mechanics and correcting them gently. My thanks go out to the faculty of the Washburn College of Law
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This note was uploaded on 10/24/2011 for the course SCIENCE PHY 453 taught by Professor Barnard during the Winter '11 term at BYU.

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