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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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The Emergence of Multiplicity

The Emergence of Multiplicity

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The Emergent Multiverse

David Wallace

Oxford University Press

The aim of this chapter is to explain how the ‘many worlds’ of the Everett interpretation can emerge from the underlying physics of quantum theory, without being put in by hand at the microscopic level. The discussion is conceptually focussed: in the main the chapter is concerned with sketching the way in which higher-level ontology emerges, in general, from lower-level scientific theories. When this general framework is applied to quantum theory in particular, the chapter shows that it leads to a continual branching of physical reality at the emergent, macroscopic level.

Keywords:   Everett interpretation, many worlds, emergence, higher-level ontology

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