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The Single-Mind and Many-Minds Versions of Quantum Mechanics

Jeffrey A. Barrett
Erkenntnis (1975-)
Vol. 42, No. 1 (Jan., 1995), pp. 89-105
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20012606
Page Count: 17
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The Single-Mind and Many-Minds Versions of Quantum Mechanics
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Abstract

There is a long tradition of trying to find a satisfactory interpretation of Everett's relative-state formulation of quantum mechanics. Albert and Loewer recently described two new ways of reading Everett: one we will call the single-mind theory and the other the many-minds theory. I will briefly describe these theories and present some of their merits and problems. Since both are no-collapse theories, a significant merit is that they can take advantage of certain properties of the linear dynamics, which Everett apparently considered to be important, to constrain their statistical laws.

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