Contextuality, Fine-tuning and Teleological Explanation


Adlam, E. (2022). Contextuality, Fine-tuning and Teleological Explanation. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/22030103


Adlam, Emily. Contextuality, Fine-tuning and Teleological Explanation. Perimeter Institute, Mar. 11, 2022, https://pirsa.org/22030103


          @misc{ pirsa_22030103,
            doi = {},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/22030103},
            author = {Adlam, Emily},
            keywords = {Quantum Foundations},
            language = {en},
            title = {Contextuality, Fine-tuning and Teleological Explanation},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute},
            year = {2022},
            month = {mar},
            note = {PIRSA:22030103 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}}


In this talk I will assess various proposals for the source of the intuition that there is something problematic about contextuality, and argue that contextuality is best thought of in terms of fine-tuning. I will suggest that as with other fine-tuning problems in quantum mechanics, this behaviour can be understood as a manifestation of teleological features of physics. I will also introduce several formal mathematical frameworks that have been used to analyse contextuality and discuss how their results should be interpreted.