Re: virus: Re: Heisenberg

Alexander Williams (
Wed, 15 Jan 1997 15:17:05 -0500 wrote:
> This reminds me of a calculation Von Neumann attempted: "WHEN does a wave
> function collapse occur?" His result: it was when the event reached the
> observer, not when the event supposedly occured.

I don't see this being the case at all; you can only /tell/ the wave has
collapsed when you, as an observer, detect it, but there's little basis
in thinking you have some mystical property that makes waves collapse
just from your knowing their outcome.

   Alexander Williams { /}
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