On 2/18/2012 2:36 PM, Richard Ruquist wrote:
It is with some trepidation that I enter into this discussion, but I would like to
suggest that if MWI is true, where MWI is the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum
mechanics, which is where every quantum state in every particle interaction is realized
in one parallel world/universe or another, then there is no need for a god. Everything
is deterministic and known ahead of time for all time.
However, if in a Single World Interpretation SWI, a single quantum state is selected in
each particle interaction to become physical (based it seems on information), then there
may be a need for some sort of consciousness to make that selection.
Just so it's made randomly in accordance with the Born rule.
If so then that consciousness controls every particle interaction and we may rightly
call it god.
If you're really, really attached to those three letters. An attachment which only seems
explicable if you want to drag in the baggage of all the despotic monomanical
tyrants-in-the-sky that people have sacrificed to over the millenia (c.f. "Graveyard of
the Gods" H.L. Mencken).
Note that SWI allows for free will and hence morality that MWI lacks.
Such "free will" should be observable as a violation of the Born rule somewhere
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