Quantum Mechanics and Ordinary Language

The Fuzzy Link

Peter Lewis

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Abstract

It is widely acknowledged that the link between quantum language and ordinary language must be "fuzzier" than the traditional eigenstate-eigenvalue link. In the context of spontaneous-collapse theories, Albert and Loewer (1996) argue that the form of this fuzzy link is a matter of convention, and can be freely chosen to minimize anomalies for those theories. I defend the position that the form of the link is empirical, and could be such as to render collapse theories idle. This means that defenders of spontaneous-collapse theories must gamble that the actual form of the link renders such theories tenable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1437-1446
Number of pages10
JournalPhilosophy of Science
Volume70
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2003

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Quantum Mechanics and Ordinary Language : The Fuzzy Link. / Lewis, Peter.

In: Philosophy of Science, Vol. 70, No. 5, 12.2003, p. 1437-1446.

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