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What is quantum theory actually telling us about the world? The 'relational' interpretation

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What exactly is quantum theory is telling us about the world remains a hotly disputed topic among physicists and philosophers alike, with answers ranging from the existence of “many worlds” to a physical role for consciousness, from the existence of a priori unobservable facts, to the impossibility of a representation of physical reality. I briefly recall the terms of the discussion and present a perspective on the problem, emerged in the late 90’s and denoted “Relational Interpretation”, which is currently receiving increasing attention. It is a refinement of the original view emerged from Heisenberg and Bohr’s the discussions, where key ambiguous terms like “observer” and “measurement” are replaced by plain notions like “physical system” and “interaction”. I briefly discuss the philosophical implications of this reading of quantum theory.

This talk is part of the CamPoS (Cambridge Philosophy of Science) seminar series.

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