You're probably right, but who knows? The reasoning behind MWI is hard for most 
people to understand, but the idea of alternate universes is easy enough to 
serve as a plot device for _Star Trek_, _Sliders_, etc. -- maybe easier then 
the twin astronauts paradox (time dilation). The average person's problem with 
MWI seems something like the impression of getting an endless multiplication of 
universes as time goes on (and mostly out of alternatives of tiny, trivial 
events) -- it seems like getting an awful lot of something for nothing. Anyway 
I tend to think some degree of popularization would follow acceptance of his 
ideas by physicists, especially if his ideas lead to good plot devices for 
sci-fi TV shows. But if his ideas are REALLY abstruse, then I guess it's a much 
more uphill climb.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: danny mayes 
To: Benjamin Udell 
Sent: Monday, February 13, 2006 11:19 PM
Subject: Re: belief, faith, truth

I doubt Marchal's ideas will be made widely known or popularized in the 
foreseeable future.  The problem isn't with the name of his theory, or with any 
problem with Bruno per se beyond this:  There doesn't seem to be an easily 
reducible way to summarize the theory in a manner that is digestible to anyone 
beyond the highly specialized in similar fields.  I certainly understand the 
basics of some of his ideas, but when it gets into all his logical analysis I 
just have never found myself willing to devote myself to the time required to 
really get into the detail of where he is coming from.  And I would consider 
myself highly interested in these topics and at least reasonably intelligent.

Even something as mundane as the MWI (to this group at least) runs into a 
brickwall when presented to the layperson.  You should see the conversations I 
have with my wife.  Tell people everything is made of strings.  Or space and 
time can be warped and curved.  They may not understand the science and math 
behind it at all, but at least you are speaking their language.  

The world is not ready for his ideas.  Even for the most part the world of 
scientists in my opinion.  


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