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The Everett-Wheeler interpretation and the open future

Sudbery, Anthony (2010) The Everett-Wheeler interpretation and the open future. In: [2010] 16th UK and European Meeting on the Foundations of Physics (Aberdeen, 5-7 July 2010).

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    Abstract

    I discuss the meaning of probability in the Everett-Wheeler interpretation of quantum mechanics, together with the problem of defining histories. To resolve these, I propose an understanding of probability arising from a form of temporal logic: the probability of a future-tense proposition is identified with its truth value in a many-valued and context-dependent logic. In short, probability is degree of truth. These ideas appear to be new (though I expect correction on this), but they are natural and intuitive, and relate to traditional naive ideas of time and chance. Indeed, I argue that Everettian quantum mechanics is the only form of scientific theory that truly incorporates the perception that the future is open.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Everett quantum theory
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Conferences and Volumes: [2010] 16th UK and European Meeting on the Foundations of Physics (Aberdeen, 5-7 July 2010)
    Depositing User: Anthony Sudbery
    Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:20
    Item ID: 5553
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5553

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