The Grammar of Teleportation
Author: Timpson, Christopher G.
Source: British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Volume 57, Number 3, September 2006 , pp. 587-621(35)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:Whilst a straightforward consequence of the formalism of non-relativistic quantum mechanics, the phenomenon of quantum teleportation has given rise to considerable puzzlement. In this paper, the teleportation protocol is reviewed and these puzzles dispelled. It is suggested that they arise from two primary sources: (1) the familiar error of hypostatizing an abstract noun (in this case, ‘information’) and (2) failure to differentiate interpretation dependent from interpretation independent features of quantum mechanics. A subsidiary source of error, the simulation fallacy, is also identified. The resolution presented of the puzzles of teleportation illustrates the benefits of paying due attention to the logical status of ‘information’ as an abstract noun.
The quantum teleportation protocol
2.1 Some information-theoretic aspects of teleportation
2.1.2Application to teleportation
The puzzles of teleportation
Resolving (dissolving) the problem
4.1 The simulation fallacy
The teleportation process under different interpretations
5.1 Collapse interpretations:Dirac/von Neumann, GRW
5.2 No collapse and no extra values: Everett
5.3 No collapse, but extra values: Bohm
5.3.1 A note on active information
5.4 Ensemble and statistical viewpoints
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2006-09-01
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