Probability in GRW theory

Roman Frigg, Carl Hoefer

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Abstract

GRW theory postulates a stochastic mechanism assuring that every so often the wave function of a quantum system is 'hit', which leaves it in a localised state. How are we to interpret the probabilities built into this mechanism? GRW theory is a firmly realist proposal and it is therefore clear that these probabilities are objective probabilities (i.e. chances). A discussion of the major theories of chance leads us to the conclusion that GRW probabilities can be understood only as either single case propensities or Humean objective chances. Although single case propensities have some intuitive appeal in the context of GRW theory, on balance it seems that Humean objective chances are preferable on conceptual grounds. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-389
JournalStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B - Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2007

Keywords

  • Chance
  • Frequentism
  • GRW theory
  • Humean best system
  • Propensity
  • Quantum measurement problem

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