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Reichenbach’s common cause principle and quantum correlations

Rédei, Miklós ORCID: 0000-0001-5298-1443 (2002) Reichenbach’s common cause principle and quantum correlations. In: Placek, T. and Butterfield, Jeremy, (eds.) Non-Locality and Modality: Proceedings of the Nato Advanced Research Workshop on Modality, Probability, and Bell's Theorems, Cra. Nato science series (64). Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, Dordrecht, pp. 259-270. ISBN 9781402006623

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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-94-010-0385-8_17


Reichenbach’s Common Cause Principle is the claim that if two events are correlated, then either there is a causal connection between the correlated events that is responsible for the correlation or there is a third event, a so called (Reichenbachian) common cause, which brings about the correlation. The paper reviews some results concerning Reichenbach’s notion of common cause, results that are directly relevant to the problem of how one can falsify Reichenbach’s Common Cause Principle. Special emphasis will be put on the question of whether EPR-type correlations can have an explanation in terms of Reichenbachian common causes. Most of the results to be recalled indicate that falsifying Reichenbach’s Common Cause Principle is much more tricky than one may have thought and that, contrary to some claims in the literature, there is no conclusive proof yet that the EPR correlations predicted by ordinary, non-relativistic quantum mechanics cannot have a common cause; furthermore, recent results about possible Reichenbachian common causes of correlations predicted by quantum field states between spacelike separated local observable algebras in algebraic quantum field theory strongly indicate that there may very well exist Reichenbachian common causes of superluminal correlations predicted by quantum field theory.

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Additional Information: © 2002 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2013 10:15
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 04:50

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