Re: virus: Re : TT and meaning of life
Sun, 17 Nov 1996 10:40:01 -0600 (CST)

On Sat, 9 Nov 1996, Hakeeb A. Nandalal wrote:

[RE: Quantum mechanics]
> We do not know if this indeterminism is actually the way the Universe
> works because the theory of Quantum Mechanics is probably incomplete.
> That is, we do not know if the Universe actually behaves in a
> probabilistic manner (there are many possible paths a particle can
> follow and the observed path is chosen probabilistically) or if the
> Universe is deterministic in the sense that I can predict the path a
> particle will follow with 100 % certainty.

This theory has several "ad hoc" assumptions, from a heuristic point
of view. I remember reading in a Scientific American (one time) an
article about an "unnatural relation" [a VERY speculative point of
view!]: that 38 to 41 apparently-independent constants are involved in
computing the "flatness of the universe". I.e.: Why can we see as far
the quasars look like they are? Note that crossing General Relativity
with the expanding universe also does weird things, and Quantum Mechanics
doesn't work well with General Relativity.

[Something about state functions not remaining state functions, from a
mathematical point of view. In short, the math (is supposed to; I want
to work this) breaks down and claims that just because a particle has to
be somewhere now, doesn't mean it has to be somewhere later.]

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd