Logic & Philosophy of Science Colloquium


Brian Woodcock

UC Irvine

"Problems and Pseudo-Problems for Hyperplane Dependence"


Taking the collapse of the quantum state to be hyperplane-dependent represents one way of ensuring that quantum state collapse is compatible with the Lorentz invariance requirement of special relativity, understood as a prohibition against picking out a preferred inertial frame. Negative assessments of the hyperplane dependence strategy point to conceptual and technical problems of the view. I argue that several of these problems turn out to be less weighty than their proponents suggest. I then point out what I take to be the more significant problems for the strategy.

Friday, November 5, 2004
SST 777
3 pm

Refreshments will be served