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Would Superluminal Influences Violate the Principle of Relativity?

Peacock, Kent A. (2014) Would Superluminal Influences Violate the Principle of Relativity? Lato Sensu, revue de la Société de philosophie des sciences, 1 (1). pp. 49-62. ISSN 2295-8029

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Abstract

It continues to be alleged that superluminal in uences of any sort would be inconsistent with special relativity for the following three reasons: (i) they would imply the existence of a ‘distinguished’ frame; (ii) they would allow the detection of absolute motion; and (iii) they would violate the relativity of simultaneity. This paper shows that the first two objections rest upon very elementary misunderstandings of Minkowski geometry and on lingering Newtonian intuitions about instantaneity. The third objection has a basis, but rather than invalidating the notion of faster-than-light influences it points the way to more general conceptions of simultaneity that could allow for quantum nonlocality in a natural way.


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Peacock, Kent A.kent.peacock@uleth.ca
Keywords: superluminal influences, principle of relativity, tachyons, quantum nonlocality, simultaneity, state reduction
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Dr. Thomas Pashby
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2016 14:31
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2016 15:00
Item ID: 12369
Journal or Publication Title: Lato Sensu, revue de la Société de philosophie des sciences
Publisher: Société de philosophie des sciences
Official URL: http://sites.uclouvain.be/latosensu/index.php/lato...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.20416/lsrsps.v1i1
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 2014
Page Range: pp. 49-62
Volume: 1
Number: 1
ISSN: 2295-8029
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12369

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