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On the objectivity of measurement outcomes

Okon, Elias (2021) On the objectivity of measurement outcomes. [Preprint]

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Recent arguments, involving entangled systems shared by sets of Wigner’s friend arrangements, allegedly show that the assumption that the experiments performed by the friends yield definite outcomes, is incompatible with quantum predictions. From this, it is concluded that the results of measurements cannot be thought of as being actual or objective. Here, I show that these arguments depend upon a mistaken assumption, regarding the correlations between the results of the friends and those of "the Wigners," which leads to invalid predictions. It is not, then, that the assumption of definite outcomes leads to trouble, but that the results derived with such an assumption are contrasted with faulty predictions. Next, I explore the more famous no-go theorems by Frauchiger and Renner and by Brukner, on which these recent arguments are motivated. Regarding the first, I show that, although it is cast in a different form, it also rests on the mistaken assumption regarding "mixed" correlations--rendering it invalid. Regarding Brukner's theorem, I point out that it depends on the quite unattractive assumption of locality, a fact that fully diminishes its force. Throughout, I illustrate my claims with explicit calculations within pilot-wave theory.


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Okon, Eliaseokon@filosoficas.unam.mx
Keywords: Wigner's friend; Extended Wigner's friend; Bell-Wigner mashup; Frauchiger and Renner theorem; no-go theorem for observer-independent facts.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Elias Okon
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2021 23:29
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2021 23:29
Item ID: 19699
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 14 October 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19699

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