Philosophical lessons of entanglement

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AIP Conference Proceedings, ISSN: 0094-243X, Vol: 1384, Page: 7-14

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Anthony Sudbery; Dipankar Home; Guruprasad Kar; Archan S. Majumda
AIP Publishing; American Institute of Physics
Physics and Astronomy
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The quantum-mechanical description of the world, including human observers, makes substantial use of entanglement. In order to understand this, we need to adopt concepts of truth, probability and time which are unfamiliar in modern scientific thought. There are two kinds of statements about the world: those made from inside the world, and those from outside. The conflict between contradictory statements which both appear to be true can be resolved by recognising that they are made in different perspectives. Probability, in an objective sense, belongs in the internal perspective, and to statements in the future tense. Such statements obey a many-valued logic, in which the truth values are identified as probabilities. © 2011 American Institute of Physics.