Thanks - with your help plus Wikipedia I now have an hypothesis about your
statement. It seems to boil down to "Schrodinger's Cat has nothing to do
with quantum computers other than they both depend on quantum
superpositions." Fair enough.
When I read somebody's speculation that the reality we inhabit may be a
quantum computer, it enlarged my concept of all possible realities to
include all possible states of quantum superpositions. In half of these
S.C. is alive; in half it is dead.
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Sent: Sunday, August 06, 2006 5:35 AM
Subject: Re: Bruno's argument - Comp
> Norman Samish wrote:
>> I don't know what you mean.
> That is unfortunate, because as far as I am concerned everyhting
> I am saying is obvious. (Have you read "The fabric of Reality" ?)
>> Perhaps I can understand your statement, but
>> only after I get answers to the following questions:
>> 1) What do you mean by "Quantum computer"?
> A computer that exploits quantum superpositions to achieve parallelism.
>> 2) What do you mean by "Quantum universe"?
> A universe (or multiverse) in which quantum physics is a true
> description of reality.
>> 3) Why is a Quantum Computer only possible in a Quantum Universe?
> It exploits quantum physics.
>> 4) Why is Schrodinger's Cat possible in "quantum universes" without
>> computational assistance?
> Superpositions are an implication of quantum mechanics. Schrodinger's
> was mooted decades before anyone even thought of quantum computaion.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "1Z" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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>> Sent: Saturday, August 05, 2006 2:43 PM
>> Subject: Re: Bruno's argument - Comp
>> > Norman Samish wrote:
>> >> I recently read somebody's speculation that the reality we inhabit may
>> >> be
>> >> a quantum computer. Presumably when we observe Schrodinger's cat
>> >> simultaneously being killed and not killed, we are observing the
>> >> quantum
>> >> computer in action.
>> Quantum computers are only possible in quantum universes, and in quantum
>> universes, S's C is possible without computational assistance.
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