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The Emergent MultiverseQuantum Theory according to the Everett Interpretation$
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David Wallace

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546961.001.0001

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Spacetime and the Quantum State

Spacetime and the Quantum State

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(p.292) 8 Spacetime and the Quantum State
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The Emergent Multiverse
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David Wallace

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546961.003.0011

How is the microscopic ontology of quantum mechanics to be understood according to the Everett interpretation? And how, in particular, are we to understand concepts like spatial locality in Everettian quantum mechanics? Building on joint work with Chris Timpson, the chapter develops a general approach to these questions (‘spacetime state realism’) and apply it to questions of locality and entanglement. After a digression on the general metaphysical problem of how we should think about ontology, the chapter compares this approach with others in the literature.

Keywords:   Everett interpretation, many worlds, ontology of quantum theory, Bell's inequality, Aspect experiment

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