• Backward causation, hidden variables and the meaning of completeness

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      Bell’s theorem; backward causation; hidden variables; completeness

    • Abstract


      Bell’s theorem requires the assumption that hidden variables are independent of future measurement settings. This independence assumption rests on surprisingly shaky ground. In particular, it is puzzlingly time-asymmetric. The paper begins with a summary of the case for considering hidden variable models which, in abandoning this independence assumption, allow a degree of ‘backward causation’. The remainder of the paper clarifies the physical significance of such models, in relation to the issue as to whether quantum mechanics provides a complete description of physical reality.

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      Huw Price1

      1. Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney, Main Quad, A14, New South Wales - 2006, Australia
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  • Pramana – Journal of Physics | News

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