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Wigner and his many friends: A new no-go result?

Fortin, Sebastian and Lombardi, Olimpia (2019) Wigner and his many friends: A new no-go result? [Preprint]

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Abstract

In April 2016, Daniela Frauchiger and Renato Renner published an article online in which they introduce a Gedankenexperiment that led them to conclude that single-world interpretation of quantum theory cannot be self-consistent. In a new version of the paper, published in September 2018, the authors moderate their original claim by concluding that quantum theory cannot be extrapolated to complex systems, at least not in a straightforward manner. The purpose of this article is to offer a careful reconstruction of the F-R argument, which allows us to show that: (i) the argument can be more clearly formulated with no reference to what subjects know or see, but rather only in terms of quantum propositions, (ii) in contrast to what some commentators suppose, the argument does not require the hypothesis of collapse to arrive to its conclusion, and (iii) the contradiction resulting from the F-R argument is inferred by making classical conjunctions between different and incompatible contexts. On the basis of this clarification, we will finally argue that the conclusion of the F-R argument is not as novel and original as its great impact might make us to suppose.


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Fortin, Sebastiansfortin@conicet.gov.ar
Lombardi, Olimpiaolimpiafilo@gmail.com0000-0003-2204-7902
Keywords: Frauchiger and Renner’s argument, no-go result, consistency in quantum mechanics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Prof. Olimpia Lombardi
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2019 00:37
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2019 00:37
Item ID: 15904
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 13 April 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15904

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