About the Infinite Repetition of Histories in Space

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THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, ISSN: 0495-4548, Vol: 29, Issue: 3, Page: 361-373

Publication Year:
2014
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11287
DOI:
10.1387/theoria.9951
Author(s):
Alfonseca, Manuel; Soler Gil, Francisco José
Publisher(s):
UPV/EHU Press; Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
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article description
This paper analyzes two different proposals, one by Ellis and Brundrit, based on classical relativistic cosmology, the other by Garriga and Vilenkin, based on the DH interpretation of quantum mechanics. Both conclude that, in an infinite universe, planets and beings must be repeated an infinite number of times. We point to possible shortcomings in these arguments and conclude that the idea of an infinite repetition of histories in space cannot be considered, strictly speaking, a consequence of present physics and cosmology.