A new spin on the hole argument

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This brief paper shows how an exact analogue of Einstein's original hole argument can be constructed in the loop representation of quantum gravity. The new argument is based on the embedding of spin-networks in a manifold and the action of the diffeomorphism constraint on them. The implications of this result are then discussed. I argue that the conclusions of many physicists working on loop quantum gravity---Rovelli and Smolin in particular---that the loop representation uniquely supports relationalism are unfounded.
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Oliver Pooley (2006). A Hole Revolution, or Are We Back Where We Started? Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 37 (2):372-380.
Dean Rickles (2006). Bringing the Hole Argument Back in the Loop: A Response to Pooley. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 37 (2):381-387.
Dean Rickles (2005). Interpreting Quantum Gravity. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 36 (4):691-715.
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