7:30 pm, Wednesday, October 11, 2006|
Fairmont Social lounge, St. John's College
Everett and Evidence
Dept of Philosophy, Western Ontario
Fifty years ago, Hugh Everett III proposed the "relative state"
interpretation of quantum mechanics --- also known as the "many
worlds" interpretation --- according to which, at the end of a
measurement, the world, and with it the observer, splits into many
branches, with each possible measurement result realized on some
branch. Reactions to this interpretation have ranged from
enthusiastic support to dismissal as metaphysical extravagance. This
talk attempts a careful appraisal of the current status of the debate.
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