It is clear that quantum mechanics has something to teach us about causation. For Einstein, it was the possibility of "spooky action at a distance", causal influences that travel faster than the speed of light. A popular alternative position is to regard the quantum world as simply acausal. In this talk I shall argue for a different view. Starting with an accessible introduction to the problems that quantum experiments present for our usual understanding of causation, I will follow with a possible “interventionist" solution. I will finish with a rather speculative claim: recently developed technical tools for causal inference (so called "causal deep learning models") may push the philosophical debate in yet another, hitherto unexplored, direction.

Venue

Forgan Smith Building
Room: 
E109