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The Grammar of Teleportation

Timpson, Christopher Gordon (2005) The Grammar of Teleportation. [Preprint]

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Whilst a straightforward consequence of the formalism of non-relativistic quantum mechanics, the phenomenon of quantum teleportation has given rise to considerable puzzlement. In this paper, the teleportation protocol is reviewed and these puzzles dispelled. It is suggested that they arise from two primary sources: 1) the familiar error of hypostatizing an abstract noun (in this case, `information') and 2) failure to differentiate interpretation dependent from interpretation independent features of quantum mechanics. A subsidiary source of error, the simulation fallacy, is also identified. The resolution presented of the puzzles of teleportation illustrates the benefits of paying due attention to the logical status of `information' as an abstract noun.


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Timpson, Christopher Gordon
Additional Information: To appear in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Keywords: teleportation, information, quantum information, entanglement, nonlocality
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computation/Information > Quantum
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Christopher Gordon Timpson
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2005
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:13
Item ID: 2438
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2438

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