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Evidence and Uncertainty in Everett's Multiverse

Tappenden, Paul (2009) Evidence and Uncertainty in Everett's Multiverse. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    I endorse the view that it may be of no relevance to the acceptability of the Everett interpretation of quantum mechanics as a physical theory whether or not an informed observer can be uncertain about the outcome of a quantum measurement prior to its having occurred. However, I suggest that the very possibility of post-measurement, pre-observation uncertainty has an essential role to play in both confirmation theory and decision theory in a branching universe. This is supported by arguments which do not appeal to Van Fraassen’s Reflection Principle.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: This is the final version of the paper which has been accepted by the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science for publication in 2010.
    Keywords: Everett, many-worlds, probability, personal fission
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: paul tappenden
    Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:19
    Item ID: 5046
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5046

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