“Let’s make Donald Trump explain his hair.”–Ted Deutch
“Let’s make Donald Trump explain his hair.”–Ted Deutch
“I’m sure if Shakespeare were alive today, he’d be doing classic guitar solos on YouTube.”–Peter Capaldi
Yeah…um….NO! I doubt it. Shakespeare had his anachronisms, but that’s pushing it. As for the animals in my household, well, they’ll have to be satisfied with Tales of a Veterinary Spouse. But my Seeking Delphi podcasts are indeed now on YouTube, as well as iTunes. All the subscription links are below. Way below. Below the embedded videos of the first three podcasts. Sorry, no funny cat pictures–this stuff is too important to get flippant. Our future depends on it.
“A fool and his money are soon elected.”–Will Rogers
One absolutely cannot possibly improve on anything Will Rogers ever said. Really. Ever.
For insights on the future of humanity, however, refer to my new blog and podcast at www.seekingdelphi.com
“Smart is when you believe half of what you hear. Brilliant is when you know which half.”–Robert Orben
Here’s a tip for you brainiacs. If you want to know which half of my posts to believe, it’s the other half. On my other blog, Seeking Delphi. ™
Hmmm. I just started that other blog. Most of my posts have been on this one. Well, as Yogi once said, “90 percent of the game is half mental.”
“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed; everything else is public relations.”–George Orwell
I can only imagine what George Orwell would have thought of The Donald. A character for a dumbed-down 1984? A character for a tragic 2016? Maybe both. It so happens my alma mater, Emerson College, was named the top journalism school in the country by USA Today. But hey, this is not public relations. It isn’t even journalism. It’s both and neither. It’s ridiculous and sublime. 😛
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“I do not think you can name many great inventions that have been made by married men.”–Nicola Tesla
I can name at least three. Golf, poker and selective hearing. OK, I can’t prove the first two, but I shouldn’t need to prove the last one. 😛
“What most people don’t understand is that UFOs are on a cosmic tourist route. That’s why they’re always seen in Arizona, Scotland, and New Mexico. Another thing to consider is that all three of those destinations are good places to play golf. So there’s possibly some connection between aliens and golf.”–Alice Cooper
Does Alice Cooper have inside information? Maybe he is an alien?
Anyway, if you watched any of this past weekend’s U.S. Open golf championship, it’s worth considering that Chambers Bay was designed for aliens. Or maybe by aliens.
“I’m not afraid of death. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”–Woody Allen
Warning: Professional stunt blogger. Closed course. Do not attempt at home.
To recap where we left off in our last episode, the first part of Conjecture #5 suggested that, in a universe where the Many Worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics holds sway, each conscious entity represents its own distinct universe. I called this Quantum Solipsism. This differs somewhat from Conjecture #4, which suggested that in a universe governed, at least philosophically, by the Copenhagen interpretation, our consciousness represents a composite of all the potential, but not real, universes. This brings us to part two of Conjecture #5.
Bold notions can sometimes breed extreme potential consequences. When Hugh Everett posited the Many Worlds interpretation of quantum weirdness in 1954, he didn’t just espouse it, he lived it. He believed that in a world where every sub-atomic event splits off into a real alternate universe for every possible quantum outcome, that one’s own consciousness would always survive in some of them. Quantum Immortality. So he ate, drank and smoked himself to an early death–at least in the universe of everyone reading this post–by the age of 51. His son expressed anger over his father’s failure to take care of himself. His wife initially did not comply with his wishes to have his ashes disposed of in the trash, though eventually she did. You think his views are extreme? Or did he live on forever in a never ending series of alternate universes? Consider this: the quantum view of the second law of thermodynamics is purely a statistical one. The reason all the air molecules in a room never seem to migrate to one corner is purely a matter of probability. There are staggering orders of magnitude more ways for them to be relatively evenly distributed. But if every possible combination of such molecules actually exists as a real entity, then somewhere there is a universe where you suffocated last night because the air molecules in your bedroom did exactly that while you slept. And somewhere, there is a universe where Hugh Everett’s ashes reassembled themselves and he woke up in a dumpster.
This brings us to the ultimate in extreme ideas. Quantum Suicide. Originally conceived by Hans Morovec in 1987 and further developed by Max Tegmark, it is a thought experiment designed to prove once and for all if the Many Worlds interpretation of Quantum Mechanics is correct. If you recall from my Quantum Weirdness 101-107 series, the Copenhagen interpretation sees the cat as neither dead, nor alive, until an intelligent observer intervenes. The Many Worlds interpretation, sees the the creation of two separate universes, one each for a dead cat and a live cat, and the observer only finds out which one he is in when he looks in the box. The quantum suicide gun re-creates the Schrodinger’s Cat experiment from the point of view of the cat. Theoretically, it could prove the many world’s interpretation, though there are a couple of hitches. If Many Worlds holds true, the subject would be the only one it would be proved to; if it does not hold true, the subject would be dead, period. See the video below for a complete explanation, and as stated in the warning above, do not attempt this at home. I sure won’t. On the other hand, I can think of a few people I wish would try it…
(Video Credit: AliceandBobTV)
Note: It has been so long since I published part I of this conjecture, I feel the need to refresh my memory–let alone yours–before completing it with part II. You can catch up on all my cockamamie speculations by clicking on the “Millenmium Conjectures” category link to the right.
I once overheard a friend explaining the multitude of religious beliefs to her young daughter in following manner.
She said, “everyone believes something different, and everyone is right!”
Really? This seems to be the ultimate illogical statement in the illogical realm of religious beliefs. If everybody believes something different, it seems to me infinitely more likely that everyone is wrong. I won’t get into the implications for religious beliefs in this conjecture, mainly because I don’t care. Suffice to say that stretched to an outre extreme, this conjecture does suggest a manner in which everyone could be right. It’s always fascinated me how different individuals could be so certain of world views that are so diametrically opposed. Of course, one can tie that to cultural and cognitive differences resulting in seemingly different worlds. But then maybe we’re all just be living in our own distinct quantum universes.
Let’s be clear on one thing. In my own head, I’m sitting on the fence between Copenhagen and Many Worlds…a kind of quantum superposition, simultaneously believing both. But let’s get to the heart of the matter before I get too far ahead of myself.
What, exactly, is solipsism? The brief dictionary description is simple enough: it’s the notion that only the self exists, or can be proven to exist. Taken to the limit, it can result in a second definition: extreme self-absorption and egoism.
I don’t buy this and am not suggesting it. While I’m not 100% certain of anything, external or internal, I still believe that you exist and our interactions do influence each other. We may be in separate parallel universes, but these planes of existence overlap, in much the same way that these universes interfere with each each other on the quantum level. (It’s worth noting that the conjecture wording says “distinct different” universe and not “distinctly separate.”) But the fact remains: if The Many Worlds theory holds true the notion of quantum solipsism in some form must be taken seriously. It’s as if our observations roll the quantum dice and influence which course through the multiverse each individual consciousness takes. This notion will be the subject of conjecture #6, though at the rate I am going, this may take place a long, long time from now in a galaxy far, far away. For more on solipsism including more detailed and nuanced description of it, and its various sub-categories, go here.
In the second part of this conjecture, I’ll deal with two very disturbing and controversial extensions of a “strong” quantum solipsism world view. Quantum suicide and quantum immortality. You’ll need to hold on to your metaphysical hats for this one.
And if you don’t get any of this, don’t worry. I’m just impressed that I used “ontological” in a sentence.
“If it isn’t on Google, it doesn’t exist.”–Jimmy Wales
Not that it has anything to do with this post, but I have to start with something: reading the above quote, it also occurs to me that if something is ON Google, it exists whether it wants to or not.
OK, now down to business with another rousing rendition of Search Term Haiku, the game that asks the question, does anybody have a life? Me? My readers? The anonymous boobs who type this drivel into search engines?
To review how this works:
I should point out that the use of terms from Google Webmaster tools is a new feature for episode #5, made necessary by the fact that Google just doesn’t report many search terms to WordPress anymore. Or to anybody else for that matter. But webmaster tools reports oodles (meaning hundreds) of search terms in which a page turns up in, even if not clicked on, so I get to use those. Whatever. I don’t explain Google, I just make fun of the boobs who type dumb things into it.
So here goes nothing.
On the internet
nobody knows you’re a horse
a goat and a pig.
Blague sur le tennis
Pepe Le Pew girl cat name
Cest nes pas un pipe
Osi Umeniora poop
guy has sex with snake.
Siri for dummies
Explain like I’m 5.
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