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The probabilistic aspect of fundamental physics has, practically speaking, no effect on how the coin lands. Thus the probability of heads does not depend at all on simple probabilities. As in the case of simple and simplex probability, no particular metaphysics of complex probabilities, not even a commitment to their being “real” probabilities at all, is presupposed by the deﬁnition. I have deﬁned three notions: simple, simplex, and complex probability. 3 Towards an Understanding 29 think quite correct, for metaphysics to subsume the class of simplex probabilities under that of simple probabilities, and to distinguish just two classes: the simple probabilities (including the simplex probabilities) and the complex probabilities.

What, though, is the physics, as distinct from the metaphysics, of probability? One important physical question concerns the sources of stochastic independence, a topic about which metaphysics has had little to say. But there is also a physical question about the nature of probability itself that is distinct from the metaphysical question about the nature of probability that philosophers have traditionally sought to answer. The physical question is, roughly, this: what are the physical underpinnings of probabilistic processes?

The second is to move from the end of chapter one straight to chapter four, in order to see right away and in detail how the understanding of the supercondition developed in chapters two and three is put to use in explaining the potency of epa. 4. 2 of chapter two. 5 draws heavily on chapter three, but the overall aims of this section will be comprehensible even to the reader unfamiliar with the content of that chapter. 3 Towards an Understanding 37 the reader should have a fairly good understanding of the role of chapters two and three in the explanation of complex systems’ simple behavior, without having to read more than the ﬁrst part of chapter two.