A simple model of a classical break-up process is given in which the correlation E(a,b) of the components A and B of the spins of the two subsystems along directions a and b gives precisely the quantum mechanical result -cos(a·b). The model is "local", but the normalization procedure of correlation functions in terms of "hidden variables" is different from that used in deriving Bell's inequalities. A discretization procedure of the classical spins is then given which reproduces fully the dichotomous quantum mechanical results both for probabilities and for correlation functions. This procedure illustrates particularly clearly the difference between quantum and classical spins and provides a possible intuitive picture for the notion of the "reduction of the wave function".
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