The best of many worlds, or, is quantum decoherence the manifestation of a disposition?

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 66:135-144 (2019)
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In this paper I investigate whether the phenomenon of quantum decoherence, the vanishing of interference and detectable entanglement on quantum systems in virtue of interactions with the environment, can be understood as the manifestation of a disposition. I will highlight the advantages of this approach as a realist interpretation of the quantum formalism, and demonstrate how such an approach can benefit from advances in the metaphysics of dispositions. I will also confront some commonalities with and differences to the many worlds interpretation, and address the difficulties induced by quantum non-locality. I conclude that there are ways to deal with these issues and that the proposal hence is an avenue worth pursuing.



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Florian J. Boge
Bergische Universität Wuppertal

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