David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 50 (4):697 - 717 (1999)
Peter Lewis () has recently argued that the wavefunction collapse theory of GRW (Ghirardi, Rimini and Weber ) can only solve the problem of wavefunction tails at the expense of predicting that arithmetic does not apply to ordinary macroscopic objects. More specifically, Lewis argues that the GRW theory must violate the enumeration principle: that 'if marble 1 is in the box and marble 2 is in the box and so on through marble n, then all n marbles are in the box' (, p. 321). Ghirardi and Bassi () have replied that it is meaningless to say that the enumeration principle is violated because the wavefunction Lewis uses to exhibit the violation cannot persist, according to the GRW theory, for more than a split second (, p. 709). On the contrary, we argue that Lewis's argument survives Ghirardi and Bassi' s criticism unscathed. We then go on to show that, while the enumeration principle can fail in the GRW theory, the theory itself guarantees that the principle can never be empirically falsified, leaving the applicability of arithmetical reasoning to both micro- and macroscopic objects intact.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Roman Frigg & Carl Hoefer (2007). Probability in GRW Theory. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 38 (2):371-389.
GianCarlo Ghirardi (2013). The Parts and the Whole: Collapse Theories and Systems with Identical Constituents. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44 (1):40-47.
Similar books and articles
R. Clifton & B. Monton (1999). Discussion. Losing Your Marbles in Wavefunction Collapse Theories. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 50 (4):697-717.
Peter J. Lewis (2003). Four Strategies for Dealing with the Counting Anomaly in Spontaneous Collapse Theories of Quantum Mechanics. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 17 (2):137 – 142.
Peter Lewis (1995). GRW and the Tails Problem. Topoi 14 (1):23-33.
Angelo Bassi & GianCarlo Ghirardi (1999). More About Dynamical Reduction and the Enumeration Principle. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 50 (4):719 - 734.
Daniel Parker (2003). Finding Your Marbles in Wavefunction Collapse Theories. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 34 (4):607-620.
A. Bassi & G.-C. Ghirardi (1999). Discussion. More About Dynamical Reduction and the Enumeration Principle. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 50 (4):719-734.
GC Ghirardi & A. Bassi (1999). Do Dynamical Reduction Models Imply That Arithmetic Does Not Apply to Ordinary Macroscopic Objects? British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 50 (1):49-64.
William M. Kallfelz (2009). A Response to G.B. Bagci's “Ghirardi-Rimini-Weber Collapse Theory and Whiteheadian Process Philosophy”. Process Studies 38 (2):394-411.
G. B. Bagci (2009). Ghirardi-Rimini-Weber Collapse Theory and Whiteheadian Process Philosophy. Process Studies 38 (2):368-393.
Shan Gao (2006). A Model of Wavefunction Collapse in Discrete Space-Time. International Journal of Theoretical Physics 45 (10):1965-1979.
Roman Frigg, On the Property Structure of Realist Collapse of Quantum Mechanics and the so-Called "Counting Anomaly".
Roman Frigg (2003). On the Property Structure of Realist Collapse Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics and the so-Called "Counting Anomaly". International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 17 (1):43 – 57.
Added to index2011-05-29
Total downloads7 ( #216,974 of 1,692,493 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #181,267 of 1,692,493 )
How can I increase my downloads?