Can Quantum Theory be Applied to the Universe as a Whole?

Foundations of Physics 40 (9-10):1410-1418 (2010)
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I argue that quantum theory can, and in fact must, be applied to the Universe as a whole. After a general introduction, I discuss two concepts that are essential for my chain of arguments: the universality of quantum theory and the emergence of classical behaviors by decoherence. A further motivation is given by the open problem of quantum gravity. I then present the main ingredients of quantum cosmology and discuss their relevance for the interpretation of quantum theory. I end with some brief epistemological remarks.



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