Quantum Mechanics and Ordinary Language: The Fuzzy Link

Peter J. Lewis

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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
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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