On 30 Dec 2009, at 05:59, Colin Hales wrote:

> Jason Resch wrote:
>> Described in this article:
>> http://www.bioedonline.org/news/news.cfm?art=2617
>> "This summation of all paths, proposed in the 1960s by physicist
>> Richard Feynman and others, is the only way to explain some of the
>> bizarre properties of quantum particles, such as their apparent
>> ability to be in two places at once. The key point is that not all
>> paths contribute equally to the photon's behaviour: the straight-line
>> trajectory dominates over the indirect ones.
>> Hertog argues that the same must be true of the path through time  
>> that
>> took the Universe into its current state. We must regard it as a sum
>> over all possible histories."
> So we "must", must we?

Assuming mechanism, I don't see how we can avoid this.

> A mathematical construction by humans, happens to cohere to some  
> extent
> with reality.
> A mere description.
> A million other descriptions, also constructed by humans, could be as
> predictive of how the universe appears.
> What extra belief system must exist in order that someone conclude  
> that
> we 'must' chose a "sum of all histories" as "the" story? Why is the
> universe compelled to be such a thing?

Well, then it is also the simple explanation of the behavior of  
particles in nature. Something which, in my opinion, confirms the  
statistics on computations which is forced by digital mechanism.

> Rhetorical question...don't answer. Just think.


> happy new year, everythingers.

Happy new year Colin,




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