On 7/24/2011 3:13 AM, scerir wrote:
Jesse: I think that would be the alternative to spacetime
substantivalism known as "relationalism" (discussed in some of the
papers I linked to), it's certainly possible as well, I think if we
had a complete theory of quantum gravity it might naturally favor one
or the other (the way the relativity of simultaneity naturally favors
eternalism over presentism) even though it might not totally settle
the issue for philosophers.
# See also papers like this
http://www.arxiv.com/abs/quant-ph/0510090 and especially any solution
(point 4 of the paper) of the quantum liar problem.
http://a-c-elitzur.co.il/site/siteArticle.asp?ar=203 where the quantum
liar is explained, and http://a-c-elitzur.co.il/site/siteArticle.asp?ar=68
I am very familiar with Elitzur's papers! The quantum liar
situation is something that I should have mentioned because it creates
severe problems for any form of substantivalism.
Let me add this paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/quant-ph/0503149v1 that
argues "Deutsch and Hayden have proposed an alternative formulation of
quantum mechanics which is completely local. We argue that their
proposal must be understood as having a form of `gauge freedom'
according to which mathematically distinct states are physically
equivalent. Once this gauge freedom is taken into account, their
formulation is no longer local".
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