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Unpacking Black Hole Complementarity

Muthukrishnan, Siddharth (2022) Unpacking Black Hole Complementarity. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Black hole complementarity is an influential set of ideas that respond to the black hole information paradox. Unpacking this literature, I argue that black hole complementarity is about the consistency of quantum characterizations of an evaporating black hole. I delineate two consistency claims—i.e., two principles of black hole complementarity: operational complementarity and descriptive complementarity. A series of thought experiments in the physics literature on black hole complementarity gives us strong reasons to adopt the operational principle and reject the descriptive principle. Consequently, if we can stomach instrumentalism, then operational complementarity may suffice to resolve the black hole information paradox.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Muthukrishnan, Siddharthsim53@pitt.edu0000-0002-3335-7810
Keywords: black hole information paradox, philosophy of high energy physics, black hole complementarity
Subjects: General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Dr. Siddharth Muthukrishnan
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2022 17:48
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2022 17:48
Item ID: 20907
Subjects: General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 5 April 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20907

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