I only recently became interested in QM after reading Tegmark's May 2003 SA article. In describing level 3 he used the example of a man meeting a woman and the two possible outcomes which both play out: (man and woman get married and have kids) and (man and woman go on their separate ways alone). The concept of what makes a real quantum branch irks me. Surely a man standing beside a nuclear explosion will never survive. A decision in one's mind however almost certainly constitutes a quantum branch - so maybe after the blast the scientist will wake up in the mind of himself having just decided not to detonate the bomb instead of somehow surviving. How much of a car accident survivability is decided by quantum branches? Maybe driving off a 100' cliff is a zero-chance event, but deciding to slow to 40mph around the corner on top of the cliff is the branch the person will revert to.

On Friday, October 31, 2003, at 05:48 AM, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:

I'd be interested to hear of any other versions of this everything/immortality theory that people you about, and also of how you came up with similar ideas and the responses you had from people you told.

Stathis Papaioannou
Melbourne, Australia.

It's hard to carry a conversation about QM with the "real" people in my life - unless I can get them to read the Tegmark article (which I've color-copied numerous times but don't think anyone's finished..). Until the time there's a well packaged believable QI theory - I'll keep my input on the subject to this list.

David Kwinter

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