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A simple proof that the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics is inconsistent

Gao, Shan (2018) A simple proof that the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics is inconsistent. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics is based on three key assumptions: (1) the completeness of the physical description by means of the wave function, (2) the linearity of the dynamics for the wave function, and (3) multiplicity. In this paper, I argue that the combination of these assumptions may lead to a contradiction. In order to avoid the contradiction, we must drop one of these key assumptions.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Gao, Shansgao7319@uni.sydney.edu.au
Keywords: many-worlds interpretation; quantum mechanics; wave function; multiplicity
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Prof. Shan Gao
Date Deposited: 27 Dec 2018 00:09
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2018 00:09
Item ID: 15498
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 26 December 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15498

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