A defense of backwards in time causation models in quantum mechanics

Dowe, P (1997) A defense of backwards in time causation models in quantum mechanics. Synthese, 112 2: 233-246. doi:10.1023/A:1004932911141


Author Dowe, P
Title A defense of backwards in time causation models in quantum mechanics
Journal name Synthese   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0039-7857
Publication date 1997
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1023/A:1004932911141
Volume 112
Issue 2
Start page 233
End page 246
Total pages 14
Language eng
Abstract This paper offers a defense of backwards in time causation models in quantum mechanics. Particular attention is given to Cramer's transactional account, which is shown to have the threefold virtue of solving the Bell problem, explaining the complex conjugate aspect of the quantum mechanical formalism, and explaining various quantum mysteries such as Schrodinger's cat. The question is therefore asked, why has this model not received more attention from physicists and philosophers? One objection given by physicists in assessing Cramer's theory was that it is not testable. This paper seeks to answer this concern by utilizing an argument that backwards causation models entail a fork theory of causal direction. From the backwards causation model together with the fork theory one can deduce empirical predictions. Finally, the objection that this strategy is questionable because of its appeal to philosophy is deflected.
Keyword History & Philosophy Of Science
Bell Theorem
Causality
Antirealism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics Publications
 
Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 1 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Access Statistics: 140 Abstract Views  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Mon, 13 Aug 2007, 17:03:30 EST