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Lapsing Quickly into Fatalism: Bell on Backward Causation [article]

Travis Norsen, Huw Price
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Bell in 1988. The main topic of discussion is Bell's views about retrocausal approaches to quantum theory, and their relevance to contemporary issues.  ...  Bell, and Ken Wharton for comments on drafts. Conflicts of Interest: The authors declare no conflict of interest.  ...  About the idea of retrocausality, he says this: I have not myself been able to make any sense of the notion of backward causation. When I try to think of it I lapse quickly into fatalism.  ... 
arXiv:2102.02392v1 fatcat:fastnlnlgreapduj3imbrzwqyq

Lapsing Quickly into Fatalism: Bell on Backward Causation

Travis Norsen, Huw Price
2021 Entropy  
Bell in 1988. The main topic of discussion is Bell's views about retrocausal approaches to quantum theory and their relevance to contemporary issues.  ...  On the idea of retrocausality, he says this: I have not myself been able to make any sense of the notion of backward causation. When I try to think of it I lapse quickly into fatalism.  ...  I know of one place where Bell himself discusses backward causation explicitly.  ... 
doi:10.3390/e23020251 pmid:33671774 fatcat:g6xhrpybmnbazijzglnbp6qche

Lapsing Quickly into Fatalism: Bell on Backward Causation

Travis Norsen, Huw Price, Apollo-University Of Cambridge Repository
2021
Bell in 1988. The main topic of discussion is Bell's views about retrocausal approaches to quantum theory and their relevance to contemporary issues.  ...  Bell, and Ken Wharton for comments on drafts. Conflicts of Interest: The authors declare no conflict of interest.  ...  On the idea of retrocausality, he says this: I have not myself been able to make any sense of the notion of backward causation. When I try to think of it I lapse quickly into fatalism.  ... 
doi:10.17863/cam.65159 fatcat:v3mcwzebfbearh4zvqno7qxulu

Locality, Independence and the Pro-Liberty Bell [article]

Huw Price
1996 arXiv   pre-print
Bell and most others who have discussed these issues have focussed on the former strategy, but because the two approaches have not been properly distinguished, it has not been well appreciated that there  ...  However, Bell seems to have failed to distinguish two different strategies for giving up IA.  ...  When I try to think of it I lapse quickly traced in part to his concerns about fatalism.  ... 
arXiv:quant-ph/9602020v1 fatcat:4y4q5c65tjdb3ee5o7ovj3hhh4

Dispelling the Quantum Spooks -- a Clue that Einstein Missed? [article]

Huw Price, Ken Wharton
2013 arXiv   pre-print
It is true that later developments in quantum theory provide a way to avoid retrocausality, without violating time-symmetry; but this escape route relies on the "ontic" conception of the wave function  ...  (He once said that when he tried to think about backward causation he "lapsed quickly into fatalism".  ...  In the familiar world of our experience, after all, causation doesn't work "backwards".  ... 
arXiv:1307.7744v1 fatcat:kurgubjcabdcfaqrnwdavllzli

From Einstein's theorem to Bell's theorem: a history of quantum non-locality

H. M. Wiseman
2006 Contemporary physics (Print)  
Einstein's theorem, and possibly Einstein's failure, inspired John Bell in 1964 to prove his reality-locality theorem.  ...  Contrary to popular opinion, Bohr had no defence against Einstein's 1935 attack (the EPR paper) on the claimed completeness of orthodox quantum mechanics.  ...  In Bell's opinion, option (3) was the same as option (2): 'I have not myself been able to make sense of backward causation. When I try to think of it I lapse quickly into fatalism', as quoted in Ref.  ... 
doi:10.1080/00107510600581011 fatcat:lmodvquknbgvbhsp65aetxyyem

On Ruptures of the Pancreas, Their Relation to Pancreatic Cysts; with Some Remarks on Treatment

R F C Leith
1895 Transactions. Medico-Chirurgical Society of Edinburgh  
These are from right to left, the portal vein and the inferior vena cava, the two crura of the diaphragm on either side of the aorta, with the root of the superior mesenteric artery, and the left suprarenal  ...  thus be obvious that blows or injuries received in front must be directed over a very limited area indeed in order to reach it; and not only so, but their force must be expended more or less directly backwards  ...  1st, Those in which a fatal issue followed early upon the injury; 2nd, The milder ones, in which the immediate results of the injury were apparently temporary or slight, and quickly recovered from, and  ... 
pmid:29583983 pmcid:PMC5517694 fatcat:75of6rusujhf7ig4ete4s7lcse

When Certainty Dissolves into Probability: A Legal Vision of Toxic Causation for the Post-Genomic Era

Steve C. Gold
2012 Social Science Research Network  
This Article proposes a probabilistic causal contribution model to replace the model of deterministic causation in toxic torts, building on earlier scholarly proposals and the creativity of * Associate  ...  the law's deterministic model of causation.  ...  Science has changed, however, quickly and at an accelerating pace. The ability to peer into the genome heralds new insights into human susceptibility to toxic substances.  ... 
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2133331 fatcat:jujdkgyhjvgaplzi2vfurv3mt4

Review of Current Literature

Frederick Roques
1939 BJOG: an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology  
The causation of sex determination is dependent upon the predominance of male or female sex hormone in the fertilized egg.  ...  It is.concluded that the fatal result followed excessive susceptibility to paraldehyde, which is one of the safest drugs in use for obstetrical and basal anaesthesia.  ... 
doi:10.1111/j.1471-0528.1939.tb05326.x fatcat:ozin6477orcqnfvoq76wq7blqu

Norms and Normal Science: Toward a Critique of Normativity in Legal Thought

Richard Delgado
1991 University of Pennsylvania law review  
On the heels of this meeting, the group of scientists declared a moratorium on recombinant DNA research until ethical standards could be promulgated. 5 4 The debate about the ethics of DNA research quickly  ...  This "ratcheting down" carries over into the real world, and into the setting of unspoken rules.  ...  always framed by those who have the upper hand so as either to rule out or discredit oppositional claims, which are portrayed as irresponsible and extreme." i Normative talk is deadening-it points us off into  ... 
doi:10.2307/3312376 fatcat:2o6baiobu5gkzjtsauqeletneq

Reports of Societies

1875 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
He showed a drawing of a nxvus of the eyelid in an infant, which had beaun to extend backwards into the orbit, and which he had treated successfully by a figuire-of-eight ligature. Air.  ...  Routh, this was obviated by making the battery more powerful, and screwing up the wire more quickly.  ... 
doi:10.1136/bmj.1.743.426 fatcat:ls7kl73fgbftvbhu45zpn6yl74

A study of 1200 cases of gunshot wounds of the abdomen

Cuthbert Wallace
1916 British Journal of Surgery  
He was not operated on, and recovered.  ...  Gradually, on every side, the operative has replaced the older method.  ...  -This rcgion is a very fatal one.  ... 
doi:10.1002/bjs.1800041608 fatcat:shj7mcao4zfzbkxtdijddqyubm

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1885 The Lancet  
On looking into the patient's mouth, fourfifths of the isthmus of the fauces from right to left were occupied by a tumour, which extended forwards over threefourths of the palate, and downwards and backwards  ...  The orders, therefore, lapse at the end of the present month. IV the actions brought by Mr. Hasker against Drs.  ... 
doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(02)32759-4 fatcat:e6jrse7b5bc5tonqqv4djzaiie

THE CAUSATION, DIAGNOSIS, AND TREATMENT OF PERFORATING ULCER IN TYPHOID FEVER

E.W Goodall
1904 The Lancet  
After the lapse of a month drowsiness supervened, deepening into profound slumber which lasted 36 hours and terminated in death.  ...  It moves with respiration, it can be felt bimanually (from before backwards).  ... 
doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(01)47316-8 fatcat:ysyn6i74wveupplhl367gwnzie

The British Medical Journal

1885 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
Ballard's general and comprehensive inquiry into the causation of infantile diarrhcea, and a good deal of administrative work, the Department succeeded in making twenty-four inquiries into local prevalences  ...  hemorrhage into the planes of connective tissue lying between and beneath the muscles; the other wound, of fatal severity, had involved the apex of the heart.  ... 
doi:10.1136/bmj.1.1254.80-a fatcat:lyyqdr4nongctly24xepbfszfy
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