On the Possibility That the Present Quantum State of the Universe is the Vacuum

PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1988:127 - 133 (1988)
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It is inquired how much an observer can ascertain of the quantum state of a system of which he and his measuring apparatus form a part; how much, for example, observers like ourselves can ascertain of the quantum state of the Universe. It turns out that no practicable experiment (and: perhaps, no experiment whatever) can establish that that state is not the vacuum. Some of the implications of this curious result are discussed.

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