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Causation, measurement relevance and no-conspiracy in EPR

San Pedro, Iñaki (2011) Causation, measurement relevance and no-conspiracy in EPR. [Published Article or Volume]

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In this paper I assess the adequacy of no-conspiracy conditions employed in the usual derivations of the Bell inequality in the context of EPR correlations. First, I look at the EPR correlations from a purely phenomenological point of view and claim that common cause explanations of these cannot be ruled out. I argue that an appropriate common cause explanation requires that no-conspiracy conditions are re-interpreted as mere common cause-measurement independence conditions. In the right circumstances then, violations of measurement independence need not entail any kind of conspiracy (nor backwards in time causation). To the contrary, if measurement operations in the EPR context are taken to be causally relevant in a specific way to the experiment outcomes, their explicit causal role provides the grounds for a common cause explanation of the corresponding correlations.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
San Pedro, Iñ
Keywords: EPR correlations; Bell inequalities; Common causes; No-conspiracy
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr Iñaki San Pedro
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2012 11:40
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2012 11:42
Item ID: 9094
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Publisher: Springer
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DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s13194-011-0037-3

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