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Chance and Temporal Asymmetry$
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Alastair Wilson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199673421

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673421.001.0001

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Experience and the Arrow

Experience and the Arrow

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(p.175) 9 Experience and the Arrow
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Chance and Temporal Asymmetry
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Alastair Wilson
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673421.003.0009

This chapter is a review of the role of probability in contemporary physics and the origin of probabilistic time asymmetry, beginning with the pre-quantum case (both stochastic mechanics and classical statistical mechanics) but concentrating on quantum theory. It is argued that quantum mechanics radically changes the pre-quantum situation and that the philosophical nature of objective probability in physics, and of probabilistic asymmetry in time, is dependent on the correct resolution of the quantum measurement problem.

Keywords:   Quantum, statistical mechanics, measurement problem, objective probability, time asymmetry, stochastic mechanics, Everett

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