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Do dynamical reduction models imply that arithmetic does not apply to ordinary macroscopic objects?

GC Ghirardi and A Bassi

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 50, issue 1, pages 49-64
Published in print March 1999 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online March 1999 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/50.1.49
Do dynamical reduction models imply that arithmetic does not apply to ordinary macroscopic objects?

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We analyse a recent paper in which an alleged devastating criticism of the so called GRW proposal to account for the objectification of the properties of macroscopic systems has been presented and we show that the author has not taken into account the precise implications of the GRW theory. This fact makes his conclusions basically wrong. We also perform a survey of measurement theory aimed to focus better on the physical and the conceptual aspects of the so-called macro-objectification problem.

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