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Comment author: Psy-Kosh 10 April 2008 05:58:49PM 0 points [-]

as far as uncountable complex states... well, the actual complex values don't matter so much as the relative phases. Maybe best to think about it almost as a geometrical principle, of sorts.

Here I'm just speculating, but maybe relative phase (that is, angle when representing the complex value in polar notation) can only be shifted by rational amounts? That is, the relative phase between thingie 1 and thingie 2 is x*2Pi, where x must be rational?

I'm not saying this _is_ the way it is, but I can certainly see, based on my, as of yet, limited knowledge, that it could be that way.