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Interpreting spontaneous collapse theories

Lewis, Peter J. (2004) Interpreting spontaneous collapse theories. [Preprint]

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    Spontaneous collapse theories of quantum mechanics require an interpretation if their claim to solve the measurement problem is to be vindicated. The most straightforward interpretation rule, the fuzzy link, generates a violation of common sense known as the counting anomaly. Recently, a consensus has developed that the mass density link provides an appropriate interpretation of spontaneous collapse theories that avoids the counting anomaly. In this paper, I argue that the mass density link violates common sense in just as striking a way as the fuzzy link, and hence should not be regarded as a problem-free alternative to the fuzzy link. Hence advocates of spontaneous collapse theories must accept some violation of common sense, although this is not necessarily fatal to their project.

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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Spontaneous collapse; Spontaneous localization; Dynamical reduction; GRW theory; Fuzzy link; Mass density link; Counting anomaly
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Peter J. Lewis
    Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2004
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 1928

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