Lewis, Peter J. (2006) Conspiracy Theories of Quantum Mechanics. [Preprint]
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It has long been recognized that a local hidden variable theory of quantum mechanics can in principle be constructed, provided one is willing to countenance pre-measurement correlations between the properties of measured systems and measuring devices. However, this “conspiratorial” approach is typically dismissed out of hand. In this paper I examine the justification for dismissing conspiracy theories of quantum mechanics. I consider the existing arguments against such theories, and find them to be less than conclusive. I suggest a more powerful argument against the leading strategy for constructing a conspiracy theory. Finally, I outline two alternative strategies for constructing conspiracy theories, both of which are immune to these arguments, but require one to either modify or reject the common cause principle.
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|Keywords:||hidden variables, locality, common cause principle|
|Subjects:||Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics|
|Depositing User:||Peter J. Lewis|
|Date Deposited:||09 Mar 2006|
|Last Modified:||07 Oct 2010 11:13|
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