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Epistemic separability and Everettian branches---a critique of Sebens and Carroll

Dawid, Richard and Friederich, Simon (2019) Epistemic separability and Everettian branches---a critique of Sebens and Carroll. [Preprint]

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We discuss the proposal by Sebens and Carroll to derive the Born rule in Everettian quantum mechanics from a principle they call ‘ESP-QM.’ We argue that the proposal fails: ESP-QM is not, as Sebens and Carroll argue, a ‘less general version’ of an independently plausible principle ‘ESP’ and can only be motivated by the empirical success of quantum mechanics, including use of the Born rule. Therefore, ESP-QM cannot have the status of a meta-theoretical principle of reasoning and provides no viable basis for deriving the Born rule.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Dawid, Richardrichard.dawid@philosophy.su.se0000-0002-1472-2958
Friederich, Simonemail@simonfriederich.eu0000-0003-4372-5995
Additional Information: accepted for publication by the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science critical response to: Sebens, C. T. and Carroll, S. M., 2018, ‘Self-Locating uncertainty and the origin of probability in Everettian quantum mechanics,’ British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 69:24-75.
Keywords: Everett interpretation, self-locating belief, rationality principles
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Simon Friederich
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2020 10:22
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2020 10:22
Item ID: 16787
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 24 December 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16787

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