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Objective Probability and the Mind-Body Relation

Tappenden, Paul (2017) Objective Probability and the Mind-Body Relation. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Objective probability in quantum mechanics is often thought to involve a stochastic process whereby an actual future is selected from a range of possibilities. Everett’s seminal idea is that all possible definite futures on the pointer basis exist as components of a macroscopic linear superposition. I demonstrate that these two conceptions of what is involved in quantum processes are linked via two alternative interpretations of the mind-body relation. This leads to a fission, rather than divergence, interpretation of Everettian theory and to a novel explanation of why a principle of indifference does not apply to self-location uncertainty for a post-measurement, pre-observation subject, just as Sebens and Carroll claim. Their Epistemic Separability Principle is shown to arise out of this explanation and the derivation of the Born rule for Everettian theory is thereby put on a firmer footing.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Tappenden, Paulpaulpagetappenden@gmail.com
Keywords: Everett; measurement problem; mind-brain identity; Twin Earth
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Paul Tappenden
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2017 15:29
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 15:29
Item ID: 12877
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsb.2017.01.007
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 29 January 2017
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12877

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