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Probability and Nonlocality in Many Minds Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics

Meir Hemmo and Itamar Pitowsky

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 54, issue 2, pages 225-243
Published in print June 2003 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online June 2003 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/54.2.225
Probability and Nonlocality in Many Minds Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics

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We argue that certain types of many minds (and many worlds) interpretations of quantum mechanics, e.g. Lockwood ([1996a]), Deutsch ([1985]) do not provide a coherent interpretation of the quantum mechanical probabilistic algorithm. By contrast, in Albert and Loewer's ([1988]) version of the many minds interpretation, there is a coherent interpretation of the quantum mechanical probabilities. We consider Albert and Loewer's probability interpretation in the context of Bell‐type and GHZ‐type states and argue that it implies a certain (weak) form of nonlocality.

1 Introduction

2 Albert and Loewer's interpretation

3 Probabilities in Lockwood's interpretation

4 Sets of minds and their correlations

5 Many minds and GHZ

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