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Ontic states describe all properties of a physical system exhaustively. ("Exhaustive" in this context means that an ontic state is "precisely the way it is," without any reference to epistemic knowledge or ignorance.) Ontic states are the referents of individual descriptions, the properties of the system are treated as intrinsic properties. Their temporal evolution (dynamics) is reversible and follows universal, deterministic laws. In quantum systems, entangled (holistic) states are typical examples for ontic states. The concept of an observation of such an ontic states is ill-defined since in an ontic description there is no distinction between an observed and an observing part of a system. In this sense, ontic states are empirically inaccessible.

Dr. Harald Atmanspacher
Institut fuer Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene e.V.
Department of Theory and Data Analysis
Freiburg, Germany