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Quantum Mechanics and Ordinary Language: The Fuzzy Link

Lewis, Peter J. (2002) Quantum Mechanics and Ordinary Language: The Fuzzy Link. [Preprint]

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    It is widely acknowledged that the link between quantum language and ordinary language must be �fuzzier� than the traditional eigenstate-eigenvalue link. In the context of spontaneous collapse theories, Albert and Loewer (1996) argue that the form of this fuzzy link is a matter of convention, and can be freely chosen to minimize anomalies for those theories. I defend the position that the form of the link is empirical, and could be such as to render collapse theories idle. This means that defenders of spontaneous collapse theories must gamble that the actual form of the link renders such theories tenable.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Physics, Quantum Mechanics
    Conferences and Volumes: [2002] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 18th Biennial Mtg - PSA 2002: Contributed Papers (Milwaukee, WI; 2002) > PSA 2002 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Program Committee
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2003
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 1082
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1082

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