Re: virus: Real World?
Tue, 14 Jan 97 10:12:17 GMT

> From: Alex Williams <>

> [I wrote:]
> > AAARGH, brain overload!!!!
> Read the HTML document I pointed Anon to in my last response to hir
> through Atkins. It does much better at explaining MWI than I do.
> (Its a bit outside my field. :)

What's MWI? I thought it was MWH.

> > How does the new universe know
> > what to look like?
> Nope. It doesn't `know what to look like' at all, as I said, its not
> being /constructed/ its simply /coming into being/ as the propogation
> of the quantum wave continues. Information isn't `transfered' so much
> as `worlds' come into being, whole, from Zeus' forehead.

OK, I think I'm grasping this now, but the problem of location in space is
still doing my head. That's probably down to the fact that I find it hard
to visualise a universe with more than 4 dimensions, going by my current
definitions of "dimension".

> > > Its just this sort of logical (or illogical) statement of fact that gets
> > > the MWH model looked at as the product of a whacko looney-tunes nutcase.
> > > I'm tempted to agree. :)
> >
> > I think I'm with you there.
> On the other hand, it makes more sense than the Copenhagen
> Interpretation, so I'm rather stuck believing in the MWI until
> something better comes along. :)

What's the Copenhagen Interpretation? I know very little about this subject,
sorry :(

Why can't it be that there is only one universe, and quantum events do not cause
it to split off into different dimensions?

> Ever done any work with fractals?

I had a programme which generated them once, but it never really interested
me, cos I was too young to grasp just how complex they really are.

> As quantum events occur and
> propogate, our universe `thins' if you consider it from a PoV in
> Hilbert space, becoming thinner and thinner as slices split off, /but
> the complexity does not change/.

Is there a minimum point to which it can thin?

> Its like looking at a Mandelbrot
> going down on infinite zoom. Hilbert space is the `space' in
> discussion and there're entire fields of study describing it. Feel
> free to go look some up. :)

Actually, I think I'll go and have a little lie down.

> > I don't like the sound of that. I'll see if I can find it on the net later.
> Plenty of references. Don't let your brain ooze out your ears,
> though.

I wouldn't matter though, would it, because in some reality it has, but
in another it hasn't !!!!

Where're those pills ...

> Ah, but I can have arbitrarily large amounts of energy for arbitrarily
> small times and during that time, I can /do/ something with that
> energy. Woo-hoo!

I dread to think what you'd do with an infinite amount of evergy.