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Sally Shrapnel (UQ): Do Quantum Causal Models Explain Bell Violations?

Date and time

Thu, 21/09/2017 - 15:30 - 17:30


Coombs Seminar Room A

Quantum correlations that violate Bell inequalities seem to defy causal explanation: counterfactual accounts fall foul of relativity and probabilistic accounts violate Reichenbach’s principle. In this talk, I will present an interventionist account of causation that seeks to explain not only Bell violating quantum correlations, but in fact all experimental quantum statistics [1], [2]. The account relies on some technical machinery that is familiar to physicists but alien to many philosophers of causation. To some extent this makes it tricky to assess whether in fact these models can be regarded as providing good causal explanations. In this talk I aim to present the account in an accessible manner and highlight what I see to be the relevant open philosophical questions

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