causal past

causal past

[¦kȯz·əl ′past]
(relativity)
The causal past relative to a set of points S in a space-time M is the set of points in M which can be reached from S by past-directed timelike or null curves.
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The loophole that is left proposes that a particle detector's settings may "conspire" with events in the shared causal past of the detectors themselves to determine which properties of the particle to measure-a scenario that, however far-fetched, implies that a physicist running the experiment does not have complete free will in choosing each detector's setting.