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Manfred: on 1/19/12 at 4:57am UTC, wrote Thus, the problem of parallel universe for you, too, is of interest, I...

CyberBeach: on 8/19/10 at 5:45am UTC, wrote David, if you don't accept the MWI, then I guess you believe Peter Byrne...

David: on 6/21/10 at 7:58am UTC, wrote Byrne, you actually believe MWI?

peter byrne: on 5/15/10 at 0:28am UTC, wrote No.

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a scientific believer: on 8/24/09 at 21:36pm UTC, wrote Does the Everett Many-World-Theory imply that there are many Jesuses, and...

paul valletta: on 7/8/09 at 8:39am UTC, wrote Could it be that just like a cat is assumed to have "9 LIVES", and...



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Matt Leifer wrote on Apr. 11, 2009 @ 21:41 GMT
The pdf file is mangled. You cannot read it with any pdf viewer other than Adobe acrobat. For example, it doesn't work with Preview, which is the default pdf viewer in Mac OS X.

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John Merryman wrote on Apr. 17, 2009 @ 19:27 GMT
Same problem as Matt. Couldn't read the file on 'Out of the Dark,' either.

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Brian Beverly wrote on Apr. 18, 2009 @ 02:47 GMT
Do not fret matt and john because in another universe you were able to open the PDF file.

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Member Peter Byrne wrote on Apr. 21, 2009 @ 02:54 GMT
This is an exhilerating discussion.

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Brian Beverly wrote on Apr. 22, 2009 @ 02:20 GMT
Peter,

I dislike the many worlds interpretation; however, I'm very interested in the measurement problem. If Everett were to convince me that he is right what would he say?

The article mentions that DeWitt "could not feel himself split". Everett retorted that, "critics of Copernicus also said they could not feel themselves moving through the heavens". There is evidence that supports Copernicus. What evidence supports Everett?

If Everett had been aware of quantum uncollapse how would such experiments be explained with his theory? Does this mean that parallel universes can be created and also destroyed?

I'm not sure I understand how Everett allowed physicists to think quantum mechanically, could you clarify that? Lastly, how much did Everett's work on MAD contribute to his depression?

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T H Ray wrote on Apr. 24, 2009 @ 11:49 GMT
Peter,

In your October 2008 SciAm article, you capture what is often overlooked--the simple non-mystical motivation behind Everett's interpretation; i.e., quantum mechanics is compelled to be nonlocal. Otherwise, the theory is not just incomplete, it is incoherent. Which justifies Stephen Hawking's alleged comment that Many Worlds is "trivially true."

I suppose I agree with Christopher Fuchs in your FQXI article. Further, though, I think it is somewhat tragic that Everett was more against the Copenhagen interpretation than he was for the generalization of QM. This point also comes out in your SciAm article, in exploring the communication between Wheeler and Everett. Great story. I wish you success with the book.

Tom

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Anonymous wrote on May. 1, 2009 @ 17:47 GMT
Brian, The Copernicus example is interesting because, as Feyerabend points out in Against Method, his helio-centric theory (which was later shown to be correct) was inconsistent with the "facts" available at the time. Everett, like Bohm, was in a pickle since the "proof" of his theory, he said, is that reality will appear exactly as it does; so believing it is "a matter of taste." Everett tried to explain why we perceive "our" sinlge branch as classical even though it "exists" in a giant superposition of all physically possible universes. Everett's universa wave function allowed physics to think about the universe (or multiverse) as NOT dependent upon an external observer, i.e. quantum mechanically.

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Peter Byrne wrote on May. 1, 2009 @ 17:48 GMT
oops, the post above is by me, Byrne.

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Brian Beverly wrote on May. 15, 2009 @ 23:37 GMT
Peter,

Thank you for the reply.

I dislike the MWI, but in a way I suppose it is progress. I do respect Everett for taking on Bohr and his interpretation of quantum physics. If you make the Devil's Pitchfork available for the Kindle then I will definitely buy a copy.

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paul valletta wrote on Jul. 8, 2009 @ 08:39 GMT
Could it be that just like a cat is assumed to have "9 LIVES", and shroedinger placed a many-life entity into a duality situation with parallel paths, leading to half-life half-dead scenario, then it would be only a natural outcome for someone to evolve a many-world theory?

The shroedinger cat scenario is reponsable for many-world/half-life/half-dead and parralel transportation/entanglement intepretations.

Very thought provoking and really interesting if one replaces a cat with a knowing and intelligent human entity, for he she may choose the path that is:walk over to the hammer and remove the danger that will arise if left to half-life decay!

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a scientific believer wrote on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 21:36 GMT
Does the Everett Many-World-Theory imply that there are many Jesuses, and that in some worlds, he is the Son of God, and in others he is the son of satan. What does the Everett MWI have to do with the Bible, or even spirituality, and why is the Templeton Foundation funding research in such junk?

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peter byrne replied on May. 15, 2010 @ 00:28 GMT
No.

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Anonymous wrote on Apr. 10, 2010 @ 18:41 GMT
"Many Worlds" hypothesis -> Infinity might be bigger than we thought.

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David wrote on Jun. 21, 2010 @ 07:58 GMT
Byrne, you actually believe MWI?

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CyberBeach wrote on Aug. 19, 2010 @ 05:45 GMT
David, if you don't accept the MWI, then I guess you believe Peter Byrne simultaneously both believed MWI and didn't believe MWI until you asked and he answered, at which point the wave function collapsed and he only disbelieved.

Whereas I think that in another universe, Peter Byrne does believe in the MWI, and that you have only discovered that you are in the branch where he doesn't.

As have I... :)

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Manfred wrote on Jan. 19, 2012 @ 04:57 GMT
Thus, the problem of parallel universe for you, too, is of interest, I decided to write to you and ask to read twenty-first chapter, "Revelation," where, I think, St. John gives a symbolic description ofa parallel universe. My article "hereafter OR DIVINE UNIVERSEUNIVERSE" in Russian and English is available at www.tracts.com / MB.html, where I tried to decipher the 21 chapters of "Revelation."For...

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