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Quantum Theory and Determinism

Vaidman, Lev (2014) Quantum Theory and Determinism. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Historically, appearance of the quantum theory led to a prevailing view that Nature is indeterministic. The arguments for the indeterminism and proposals for indeterministic and deterministic approaches are reviewed. These include collapse theories, Bohmian Mechanics and the many-worlds interpretation. It is argued that ontic interpretations of the quantum wave function provide simpler and clearer physical explanation and that the many-worlds interpretation is the most attractive since it provides a deterministic and local theory for our physical Universe explaining the illusion of randomness and nonlocality in the world we experience.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Vaidman, Levvaidman@post.tau.ac.il
Keywords: Determinism, many-worlds interpretation, Bohmian mechanics, wave function ontology, collapse theories, quantum nonlocality, quantum probability, quantum paradoxes
Subjects: General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Lev Vaidman
Date Deposited: 18 May 2014 15:17
Last Modified: 18 May 2014 15:17
Item ID: 10684
Subjects: General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 17 May 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10684

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