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The Directions of Branching and the Direction of Time

David Wallace

in The Emergent Multiverse: Quantum Theory according to the Everett Interpretation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199546961
eISBN:
9780191741418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546961.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

quantum-mechanical branching is a time-directed process, while the underlying equations of quantum theory admit no preferred direction of time. The chapter demonstrates that this apparent ... More


Causal Asymmetry

in Causation and its Basis in Fundamental Physics

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199936205
eISBN:
9780199367757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936205.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Again, I follow the method of empirical analysis by describing an experiment whose results show why it is reasonable for us to treat causation as directed only toward the future. Essentially, we ... More


Probabilities in Statistical Mechanics

Wayne C. Myrvold

in Beyond Chance and Credence: A Theory of Hybrid Probabilities

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780198865094
eISBN:
9780191897481
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198865094.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

This chapter deals with the question of how we should think of the probabilities introduced in statistical mechanics. It is usually said that these probabilities are introduced on the basis of our ... More


Resolving Puzzles, Problems, and Paradoxes from General Relativity

Michael Silberstein, W.M. Stuckey, and Timothy McDevitt

in Beyond the Dynamical Universe: Unifying Block Universe Physics and Time as Experienced

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198807087
eISBN:
9780191844850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807087.003.0004
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics, History of Physics

The main thread of chapter 3 introduces general relativity (GR), Big Bang cosmology, and closed timelike curves, showing how the ant’s-eye view leads to the puzzle of the creation of the universe, ... More


Why Physics Can’t Explain Everything

Mathias Frisch

in Chance and Temporal Asymmetry

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199673421
eISBN:
9780191782534
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673421.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

David Albert and Barry Loewer have recently argued that all non-fundamental laws can be derived from the fundamental laws in conjunction with the Past Hypothesis and the proposition that the ... More


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