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The Quantum Mechanics of Minds and Worlds
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Modal interpretations, decoherence and measurements
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We address Albert and Loewer's criticism of non-ideal measurements in the modal interpretation, by examining the implications of the theory of decoherence for the modAL interpretation. Expand
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The primacy of geometry
Abstract We argue that in current spacetime physics there can be no dynamical derivation of primitive geometrical notions such as length. We illustrate our argument by focusing on two case studies:Expand
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The Road to Maxwell's Demon: Conceptual Foundations of Statistical Mechanics
Preface 1. Introduction 2. Thermodynamics 3. Classical mechanics 4. Time 5. Macrostates 6. Probability 7. Entropy 8. Typicality 9. Measurement 10. The past 11. Gibbs 12. Erasure 13. Maxwell's DemonExpand
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Quantum probability and many worlds
Abstract We discuss the meaning of probabilities in the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. We start by presenting very briefly the many worlds theory, how the problem of probabilityExpand
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Can We Explain Thermodynamics By Quantum Decoherence
Abstract Can we explain the laws of thermodynamics, in particular the irreversible increase of entropy, from the underlying quantum mechanical dynamics? Attempts based on classical dynamics have allExpand
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Quantum Decoherence and the Approach to Equilibrium
We discuss a recent proposal by Albert (1994a; 1994b; 2000, ch. 7) to recover thermodynamics on a purely dynamical basis, using the quantum theory of the collapse of the wave function by Ghirardi,Expand
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Entropy and Computation: The Landauer-Bennett Thesis Reexamined
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The so-called Landauer-Bennett thesis says that logically irreversible operations (physically implemented) such as erasure necessarily involve dissipation by at least kln2 per bit of lost information. Expand
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Modal Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics and Relativity: A Reconsideration
Two of the main interpretative problems in quantum mechanics are the so-called measurement problem and the question of the compatibility of quantum mechanics with relativity theory. ModalExpand
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