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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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    Item Type: Preprint
    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 11:13
    Item ID: 2438

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