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Philosophical lessons of entanglement

Sudbery, Anthony (2011) Philosophical lessons of entanglement. AIP Conference Proceedings, 1384. pp. 7-14. ISSN 978-0-7354-0945-3

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The quantum-mechanical description of the world, including human observers, makes substantial use of entanglement. In order to understand this, we need to adopt concepts of truth, probability and time which are unfamiliar in modern scientific thought. There are two kinds of statements about the world: those made from inside the world, and those from outside. The conflict between contradictory statements which both appear to be true can be resolved by recognising that they are made in different perspectives. Probability, in an objective sense, belongs in the internal perspective, and to statements in the future tense. Such statements obey a many-valued logic, in which the truth values are identified as probabilities.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Sudbery, Anthony
Additional Information: Talk given at "75 Years of Quantum Entanglement", Kolkata, India, 10 January 2011
Keywords: Entanglement, Everett, probability
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Anthony Sudbery
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2013 11:18
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2013 11:18
Item ID: 10052
Journal or Publication Title: AIP Conference Proceedings
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1063/1.3635838
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 22 March 2011
Page Range: pp. 7-14
Volume: 1384
ISSN: 978-0-7354-0945-3

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