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This article appeared in a journal published by Elsevier The attached copy is furnished to the author for internal non commercial research and education use including for instruction at the authors institution and sharing with colleagues Other uses including reproduction and distribution or selling or licensing copies or posting to personal institutional or third party websites are prohibited In most cases authors are permitted to post their version of the article e g in Word or Tex form to their personal website or institutional repository Authors requiring further information regarding Elsevier s archiving and manuscript policies are encouraged to visit http www elsevier com copyright Author s personal copy ARTICLE IN PRESS Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 39 2008 736 751 Contents lists available at ScienceDirect Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics journal homepage www elsevier com locate shpsb Why quantum mechanics favors adynamical and acausal interpretations such as relational blockworld over backwardly causal and time symmetric rivals Michael Silberstein a b Michael Cifone b William Mark Stuckey c a Department of Philosophy Wenger Center Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown PA 17022 USA Department of Philosophy Skinner Building University of Maryland College Park MD 20742 USA c Department of Physics Esbenshade Building Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown PA 17022 USA b a r t i c l e in f o a b s t r a c t Article history Received 19 July 2008 Received in revised form 19 July 2008 We articulate the problems posed by the quantum liar experiment QLE for backwards causation interpretations of quantum mechanics time symmetric accounts and other dynamically oriented local hidden variable theories We show that such accounts cannot save locality in the case of QLE merely by giving up lambda independence In contrast we show that QLE poses no problems for our acausal Relational Blockworld interpretation of quantum mechanics which



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