2017 International Workshop: Collapse of the Wave Function

On the Status of Primitive Ontology

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    My argument here is that, in the case of spontaneous collapse theories, primitive ontology is redundant, in the sense that the structures exhibited by the primitive ontologies that allow them to solve the problems facing spontaneous collapse theories are also present in the wave function. But redundancy is not nonexistence; indeed, the fact that the relevant structures are already there in the wave function shows that the mass density ontology and the ‡ash ontology exist whether they are explicitly postulated or not. By the same token, there is no need to decide between a wave function ontology, a mass density ontology and a ‡ash ontology.

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