Title: "Quantum evolution, information loss and coarse-graining"
The canonical answer to the question ``Does quantum mechanics tell spatiotemporal discreteness?'' is `Yes.'' -- tacitly assuming that quantum theory and the concept of spacetime are to be unified by `quantizing' a theory of gravitation. However, there is an alternative left to be explored:
Could it be that quantum mechanics is a coarse-grained reflection of the atomistic nature of spacetime? -- We speculate that this may indeed be the case. We recall the similarity between evolution of classical and quantum mechanical ensembles, according to Liouville and von Neumann equation, respectively. The classical and quantum mechanical laws are indistinguishable for objects which are free or subject to spatially constant but possibly time dependent, or harmonic forces, if represented appropriately. This result suggests a way to incorporate anharmonic (``true'') interactions, including fluctuations which are tentatively related to the underlying discreteness of spacetime. Being linear and local at the quantum mechanical level, the model offers a decoherence and natural localization mechanism.
However, the relation to primordial deterministic degrees of freedom is nonlocal.