Are Probabilism and Special Relativity Compatible?
Maxwell (Nicholas)
Source: Philosophy of Science, Vol. 55, No. 4 (Dec., 1988), pp. 640-645
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  1. Are probabilism and special relativity compatible?
  2. Dieks argues that they are. But the possible universe he specifies, designed to exemplify both probabilism and special relativity, either incorporates a universal "now" (and is thus incompatible with special relativity), or amounts to a many world universe (which I have discussed, and rejected as too ad hoc to be taken seriously), or fails to have any one definite overall Minkowskian-type space-time structure (and thus differs drastically from special relativity as ordinarily understood).
  3. Probabilism and special relativity appear to be incompatible after all. What is at issue is not whether "the flow of time" can be reconciled with special relativity, but rather whether explicitly probabilistic versions of quantum theory should be rejected because of incompatibility with special relativity.

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See also "Maxwell (Nicholas) - Are Probabilism and Special Relativity Incompatible?".

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