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Many Worlds are irrelevant for the problem of the arrow of time

Baumann, Veronika and Del Santo, Flavio (2022) Many Worlds are irrelevant for the problem of the arrow of time. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In a recent paper, S. Gao has claimed that, under the assumption that the initial state of the universe is a pure quantum state, only the many worlds interpretation can account for the observed arrow of time. We show that his argument is untenable and that if endorsed it potentially leads to undermine the search for a scientific explanation of certain phenomena.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Baumann, VeronikaVeronika.Baumann@oeaw.ac.at
Del Santo, Flaviodelsantoflavio@gmail.com
Keywords: Many worlds, arrow of time, past hypothesis
Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Flavio Del Santo
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2022 05:03
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2022 05:03
Item ID: 20153
Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Date: 25 January 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20153

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