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Quantum Physics and Philosophy — A connection If quantum theory is right, and its empirical adequacy leaves no room for doubt here, the so-called macroscopic "real" world, quantum theory proves, is only an artifact of our own act of observation—exactly what the philosophers were arguing. It has taken centuries for physics to catch up with the insight of the early modern philosophers, but quantum theory takes us significantly past the philosopher’s critical doubt. Whereas, philosophers (realists and anti-realists, alike) have so far assumed that everyday realism means present-day naïve realism (the external reality stands in one-to-one correspondence with our experience of it), under a realistic construal quantum theory tells us that not only there is a macroscopic reality underlying the physicist’s observation experience but that ordinary everyday reality is different from what our simple sense experiences tell us. No wonder realist philosophers have so far failed to prove naive realism through philosophy.