Friday, November 22, 2019

"Quantum Theory Reveals Parallel Universes", but please don't make the wagers

Arvin Ash presents “Quantum Theory Reveals Parallel Universes and Quantum Immortality in Alternate Universes”.

Toward the end of the video he presents the thought experiment by Max Tegmark that suggests your consciousness (“real you”) is the path of quantum choices that survived – there is a 100% chance that you exist in a parallel (not multiple) universe where a non-zero probability of a choice existed.

This sounds dangerous in a way, because common sense says you can’t undo an irreversible wrong choice. If you’re in prison, is “the real you” experiencing it, or a copy?  (I hate to say this, but such thinking could have led to mass catastrophes we have heard about caused by individual persons.)  You could still say that your POV identity is still limited by the consequences of the actual choices you make. 
Arvin talks about the “box wage” experiment (similar to Schroedinger cat) in an animated sequence.  (I hope videos like this aren’t called “made for kids” by meta-logic; I’ve blogged about the threat to videos recently from FTC  and COPPA). There are other videos that deny this idea.

But I do have to admit that some of the ironies in my life and the way improbable coincidence intervened in a few situations is quite hard to explain. “Coincidence” seems much more common than probability alone suggests.  There are a couple in play now that I can’t talk about publicly.

I am also reminded of some of the funny videos by young vloggers like Luke Korns where he tries a silly experiment and “this is what happened”. 
I even remember first grade (Fun with Dick and Jane) where the idea of spoiler was introduced;  on the last page of a little story in a reading lesson, we find out “what happened” (like Baby Sally said Oh-Oh-Oh [castles long in a chess game] or Puff the Cat ran back home; oops, grown-up science presented as “made for kids”.)

Arvin says that a major test of this whole idea will come with the development (like by Google) of a quantum computer.   (The NSA will have one first.)

Arvin says that 

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