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Plato's Cave Revisited: Science at the Interface

Mahler, Guenter and Ellis, George (2008) Plato's Cave Revisited: Science at the Interface. In: [2008] Perspective in Physics and Philosophy, Paris 16-19 June.

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    Abstract

    Scientific exploration and thus our knowledge about the outside world is subject to the conditions of our experience. These conditions are condensed here into an interface model, which, besides being physical, has an additional interface structure not reducible to physics. We suggest that this structure can dynamically be characterized by separate modes, Mi. Their selection and operation presupposes free will and a rudimentary concept of time and space. Based on some analogies with quantum networks it is argued that the "observed" gets "dressed" as a consequence of the observing. Interface-dynamics and system dynamics get inter-woven.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Partitioning, determinism versus indeterminism, effective description, irreducibility
    Subjects: General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Conferences and Volumes: [2008] Perspective in Physics and Philosophy, Paris 16-19 June
    Depositing User: Mahler Guenter
    Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:16
    Item ID: 4135
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4135

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