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Quantum Randomness and Underdetermination

Barrett, Jeffrey A. and Huttegger, Simon (2020) Quantum Randomness and Underdetermination. [Preprint]

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We consider the nature of quantum randomness and how one might have empirical evidence for it. We will see why, depending on one's computational resources, it may be impossible to determine whether a particular notion of randomness properly characterizes one's empirical data. Indeed, we will see why even an ideal observer under ideal epistemic conditions may never have any empirical evidence whatsoever for believing that the results of one's quantum-mechanical experiments are randomly determined. This illustrates a radical sort of empirical underdetermination faced by fundamentally stochastic theories like quantum mechanics.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Barrett, Jeffrey A.j.barrett@uci.edu
Huttegger, Simonshuttegg@uci.edu
Keywords: quantum mechanics, randomness, empirical underdetermination, algorithmic randomness
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
General Issues > Evidence
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Jeffrey Barrett
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2020 00:25
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2020 00:25
Item ID: 16905
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
General Issues > Evidence
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 11 February 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16905

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