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Against the Empirical Viability of the Deutsch Wallace Approach to Quantum Mechanics

Dawid, Richard and Thebault, Karim P Y (2013) Against the Empirical Viability of the Deutsch Wallace Approach to Quantum Mechanics. [Preprint]

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The subjective Everettian approach to quantum mechanics presented by Deutsch and Wallace fails to constitute an empirically viable theory of quantum phenomena. The decision theoretic implementation of the Born rule realized in this approach provides no basis for rejecting Everettian quantum mechanics in the face of empirical data that contradicts the Born rule. The approach of Greaves and Myrvold, which provides a subjective implementation of the Born rule as well but derives it from empirical data rather than decision theoretic arguments, avoids the problem faced by Deutsch and Wallace and is empirically viable. However, there is good reason to cast doubts on its scientific value.

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Item Type: Preprint
Thebault, Karim P
Keywords: Everett interpretation quantum mechanics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Richard Dawid
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2014 06:22
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2014 06:22
Item ID: 10703

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