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Quantum Engineering Grenoble Online Reading Group || Quantum Foundations - Jessica Wilson & James Ladyman

on the June 18, 2021

at 4-6pm
The Physics-Philosophy Interface and the Chair of Excellence in Philosophy of Quantum Physics at the QuEnG are pleased to announce the first meeting of the 2021 cycle of seminars in 'Foundations of Quantum Mechanics'---see below for further information about these seminars.
This Friday, June 18th, at 4-6pm (CET), Jessica Wilson (Toronto) will be giving a talk entitled 'Metaphysical Emergence in Complex Systems'. For the occasion, James Ladyman (Bristol) will be joining us to comment on Wilson's talk. Here's the abstract:

Metaphysical emergence of the sort inspired by special science entities and features couples cotemporal dependence on lower-level configurational goings-on with higher-level distinctness and distinctive efficacy. In Metaphysical Emergence (Oxford University Press, 2021), I motivate and defend the viability of two schemas for metaphysical emergence: one compatible with physicalism ('Weak emergence'), one not ('Strong emergence'). Here I present the schemas and discuss certain cases for complex systems' being either Strongly or Weakly emergent. Along the way I discuss my preferred implementation of Strong emergence, as involving a new fundamental interaction, and my preferred implementation of Weak emergence, as involving an elimination in degrees of freedom. If there's time (likely in Q&A), I'll discuss some applications to quantum contexts.

If you are not already in the mailing list for these seminars, and you wish to join, please contact me (Cristian Mariani; cristian.mariani@neel.cnrs.fr) for further information. The meeting will be held online on the platform Zoom.

This reading group is a new QuEnG initiative that starts in February 2020, from an idea of the PhDs and Postdocs interested in quantum foundations. Its aim is to bring together philosophers of science and physicists to discuss topics in the foundations of quantum mechanics. For the year 2021, the selected topic is Philosophical Issues in Quantum Mechanics. Due to the Covid-19 health crisis, the reading group will be held online, on a weekly basis. A list of our past guests includes: Valia Allori, Alexia Auffeves, Angelo Bassi, Jean Bricmont, Craig Callender, Claudio Calosi, Mauro D’Ariano, Aurelien Drezet, Nicolas Gisin, Philippe Grangier, Jenann Ismael, Peter Lewis, Vera Matarese, Tim Maudlin, Matteo Morganti, Carlo Rovelli, Paul Tappenden, Giuliano Torrengo, and Lev Vaidman.

Here you can find the recorded meetings.

Published on June 15, 2021

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