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Chance in the Everett interpretation

Saunders, Simon (2016) Chance in the Everett interpretation. [Preprint]

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The notion of objective probability or chance, as a physical trait of the world, has proved elusive; the identification of chances with actual frequencies does not succeed. An adequate theory of chance should explain not only the connection of chance with statistics, but with degrees of belief, and more broadly the entire phenomenology of (seemingly) chance events and their measurement. Branching structure in the decoherence-based many worlds theory provides an account of what chance is that satisfies all these desiderata, including the requirement that chance involves uncertainty.\


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Saunders, Simon
Additional Information: 27 pages, 3 figures. This is lightly edited reprint (with added footnotes and a new appendix) of 'Chance in the Everett interpretation', in "Many Worlds? Everett, quantum theory, and reality", S. Saunders, J. Barrett, A. Kent, and D. Wallace (eds.), Oxford 2010.
Keywords: Quantum mechanics, probability, Born rule, many worlds, Everett, chance
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: simon saunders
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2016 13:33
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2016 13:33
Item ID: 12441
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 15 September 2016
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12441

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