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Is Prediction Possible in General Relativity?

Manchak, John (2008) Is Prediction Possible in General Relativity? [Preprint]

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    Here we briefly review the concept of "prediction" within the context of classical relativity theory. We prove a theorem asserting that one may predict one's own future only in a closed universe. We then question whether prediction is possible at all (even in closed universes). We note that interest in prediction has stemmed from considering the epistemological predicament of the observer. We argue that the definitions of prediction found thus far in the literature do not fully appreciate this predicament. We propose a more adequate alternative and show that, under this definition, prediction is essentially impossible in general relativity.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Forthcoming in "Foundations of Physics".
    Keywords: prediction - determinism - epistemology - general relativity
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
    Depositing User: John Byron Manchak
    Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:16
    Item ID: 3836
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3836

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