- Tapa dura: 200 páginas
- Editor: Harvard University Press (6 de enero de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0674731263
- ISBN-13: 978-0674731264
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After Physics (Inglés) Tapa dura – 6 ene 2015
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This work will influentially speak [to advanced students in both philosophy and physics].--P. D. Skiff"Choice" (07/01/2015) Valuable for readers seriously interested in scientific metaphysics...Albert offers a piercing analysis of modern physics.--David Kordahl"Los Angeles Review of Books" (06/30/2015) After Physics consists of eight brilliant essays in Albert's inimitable style exploring connections between fundamental physical theories (in particular quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics) and central issues in metaphysics and epistemology. It will stimulate a great deal of discussion among those interested in matters on the border between physics and philosophy.--Barry Loewer, Rutgers University
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Here the philosopher and physicist David Z Albert argues, among other things, that the difference between past and future can be understood as a mechanical phenomenon of nature and that quantum mechanics makes it impossible to present the entirety of what can be said about the world as a narrative of "befores" and "afters."Ver Descripción del producto
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Albert does not particulary address the mater of time, but time's reality seems implicit, even in the "real ontology" of the qm wave because the wave does, after all, evolve deterministically THROUGH TIME, although he could still argue that the time of our every day experience is illusory. I also do not quite see how his idea accommodates consciousness. It is one thing to say that a particle, chair, or planet amounts to a "clumping of the wave function" but how this would manifest as the color blue, or for that matter a free-willed choice is not at all clear to me.
To be fair, neither time, nor consciousness was a part of Albert's focus, and I take no issue with his attempt to clear up qm mystery by standing reality on its head. It is an approach worth considering, even if in the end it does not account for everything.
Focusing on his essays on the measurement problem, Albert examines proposed realistic solutions and argues effectively that there is no need, and in fact that it makes no sense for there to be a `primitive ontology' of things in three-dimensional space, separate from the wavefunction in high-dimensional configuration space, to anchor the manifest appearance of our three-dimensional world. Such a primitive ontology appears in the usual presentation of the Bohmian solution to the measurement problem as particles in space, and as a matter-density field or a so-called flash field in the GRW solution. Albert argues that both of these solutions should be couched in terms of pure wavefunction realism, where in the Bohmian case there would be a single, special point in configuration space that encodes the positions of all the particles. His wavefunction monism would seem to lead toward the Everett interpretation, but Albert argues that Everett founders on the question of probabilities. In this vein he offers penetrating arguments against the decision-theoretic approach developed by Wallace and others. By Book's end it is clear that Albert favors a version of GRW with a pure wavefunction ontology. For what it's worth, I remain an Everettian after reading this book, and would argue that the illusion of probability remains supported by unitary wave mechanics notwithstanding all of the author's good points.