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dc.contributor.authorCavalcanti, Ericen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-04T16:29:32Z
dc.date.available2017-04-04T16:29:32Z
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.date.modified2011-02-11T08:03:29Z
dc.identifier.issn00070882en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/bjps/axp050en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/35774
dc.description.abstractI apply some of the lessons from quantum theory, in particular from Bell's theorem, to a debate on the foundations of decision theory and causation. By tracing a formal analogy between the basic assumptions of causal decision theory (CDT)-which was developed partly in response to Newcomb's problem-and those of a local hidden variable theory in the context of quantum mechanics, I show that an agent who acts according to CDT and gives any nonzero credence to some possible causal interpretations underlying quantum phenomena should bet against quantum mechanics in some feasible game scenarios involving entangled systems, no matter what evidence they acquire. As a consequence, either the most accepted version of decision theory is wrong, or it provides a practical distinction, in terms of the prescribed behaviour of rational agents, between some metaphysical hypotheses regarding the causal structure underlying quantum mechanics.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://arxiv.org/abs/0911.2500en_AU
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom569en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto597en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue3en_AU
dc.relation.ispartofjournalBritish Journal for the Philosophy of Scienceen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume61en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCognitive Science not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode170299en_US
dc.titleCausation, decision theory, and Bell's theorem: A quantum analogue of the Newcomb problemen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.date.issued2010
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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