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Philosophies 2016, 1(1), 102-110; doi:10.3390/philosophies1010102

Quantum Parallelism Thesis, Many World Interpretation and Physical Information Thesis

Institute of Philosophy, University of Stuttgart, Seidenstr. 36, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
Academic Editor: Vincent C. Müller
Received: 10 August 2015 / Revised: 3 December 2015 / Accepted: 4 December 2015 / Published: 11 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Computing and Philosophy: Papers from IACAP 2014)
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The aim of this paper is to address a particular interpretation of quantum computational processes, namely, the so called Many World Interpretation (MWI). I will show that if such an interpretation is supported by the Quantum Parallelism Thesis (QPT) and the Physical Information Thesis (PIT) at the same time, then it falls under circularity. I will suggest, in fact, that as long as this variation states both PIT and QPT cannot furnish a physical explanation of the latter unless it is already stating the truth of MWI. This specific case suggests the more general conclusion that MWI and other accounts of quantum computational processes instill very different concepts of information. I will show that the concept instilled by MWI advocates is too abstract in order to be a reliable source for a physical interpretation of quantum computational processes. I will nevertheless then suggest that MWI is not completely useless for our understanding of quantum computation. View Full-Text
Keywords: quantum computation; quantum information theory; many world interpretation quantum computation; quantum information theory; many world interpretation
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Lini, G. Quantum Parallelism Thesis, Many World Interpretation and Physical Information Thesis. Philosophies 2016, 1, 102-110.

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