On who invented quantum suicide, the following is from the biography of 
Hugh Everett by Eugene B. Shikhovtsev and Kenneth W. Ford, at 

"Atheist or not, Everett firmly believed that his many-worlds theory 
guaranteed him immortality: His consciousness, he argued, is bound at each 
branching to follow whatever path does not lead to death --- and so on ad 
infinitum. (Sadly, Everett's daughter Liz, in her later suicide note, said 
she was going to a parallel universe to be with her father...)"

The reference is to Everett's views in 1979-80, but there is no reason to 
suppose that Everett had only just thought of it at the time. On a 
personal note, some time in the '80s I met one of Everett's co-workers who 
told me that Everett used to justify his very unhealthy lifestyle on 
exactly these grounds. In our world, Everett died of a heart attack aged 

I have always assumed that John Bell was thinking along these lines when
he commented on Everett's theory:

"But if such a theory was taken seriously it would hardly be possible to
take anything else seriously." (1981, reprinted in _Speakable & 
Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics).

For that matter, this idea is implicit in Borges' story "The Garden of 
Forking Paths" (written before 1941), which provides the epigraph to the 
DeWitt & Graham anthology on The Many Worlds Interpretation.

Dr J. P. Leahy, University of Manchester,
Jodrell Bank Observatory, School of Physics & Astronomy,
Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL, UK
Tel - +44 1477 572636, Fax - +44 1477 571618

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