Dieks' Realistic Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: A Comment

Publication Year:
1990
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2649
Author(s):
Barnum, Howard
artifact description
D. Dieks has proposed a semantical rule which he claims yields a realistic interpretation of the formalism of quantum mechanics without the projection postulate. I argue that his proposal is unacceptable because it violates a natural requirement of psychophysical parallelism. His "semantical rule" is not an acceptable interpretive rule because it does not identify structures in the theory with structures in our experience, but postulates a merely probabilistic relationship between the two. Dieks' interpretation is contrasted with Everett's relative state interpretation, which attempts the same task but respects psychophysical parallelism.