PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Black Holes, Information Loss and the Measurement Problem

The information loss paradox is often presented as an unavoidable consequence of well-established physics. However, in order for a genuine paradox to ensue, not-trivial assumptions about, e.g., quantum effects on spacetime, are necessary. In this work we will be explicit about these additional, speculative assumptions required. We will also sketch a map of the available routes to tackle the issue, highlighting the, often overlooked, commitments demanded of each alternative. In particular, we will display the strong link between black holes, the issue of information loss and the measurement problem.

Author Information:

Elias Okon    
Institute for Philosophical Research
National Autonomous University of Mexico

Daniel Sudarsky    
Institute for Nuclear Sciences
National Autonomous University of Mexico


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