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Betting on future physics

Schneider, Mike D. (2019) Betting on future physics. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The "Cosmological Constant Problem" (CCP) has historically been understood as describing a conflict between cosmological observations in the framework of general relativity (GR) and theoretical predictions from quantum field theory (QFT), which a future theory of quantum gravity ought to resolve. I argue that this view of the CCP is best understood in terms of a bet about future physics made on the basis of particular interpretational choices in GR and QFT respectively. Crucially, each of these choices must be taken as itself grounded in the success of the respective theory for this bet to be justified.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Schneider, Mike D.mdschnei@uci.edu
Keywords: Cosmological constant problem, Semiclassical and quantum gravity, Philosophy of physics, Interpretation of theories
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Depositing User: Mike D. Schneider
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2019 15:56
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2019 15:56
Item ID: 16410
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Date: 9 September 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16410

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