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Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

Thursday, October 10, 2019
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Dabney Hall 110 (Treasure Room)
Nothing is real, but thank God it's epistemic
Mario Hubert, Howard E. and Susanne C. Jessen Postdoctoral Instructor in Philosophy of Physics, Caltech,

Abstract: The PBR-theorem aimed at proving that the wave-function has to represent objective features of a physical system. There have been many attempts to interpret the wave-function as not representing the objective physical state of a quantum system by abandoning one of the assumptions of the PBR-theorem. I argue that each theory that violates either of the assumptions meets unsurmountable problems. The most severe is to give up objective reality.

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