On 1/10/2013 12:43 PM, John Clark wrote:
Perhaps the Quantum Suicide experiment has already been performed and on a global scale.
After Hugh Everett developed the many Worlds interpretation in his doctoral dissertation
he was disappointed at the poor reception it received and never published anything on
quantum mechanics again for the rest of his life; instead he became a Dr. Strangelove
type character making computer nuclear war games and doing grim operational research for
the pentagon about armageddon.
Despite his knowledge of the horrors of a nuclear war Everett, like most of his fellow
cold warrior colleagues in the 50's and 60's, thought the probability of Thermonuclear
war happening was very high and he thought it would probably happen very soon. Although
there is no record of it I wonder if Everett used anthropic reasoning and privately
deduced that the fact that we live in a world where such a very likely war has not in
fact happened was more confirmation that his Many Worlds idea was right. And I must say
that it is odd, if you told me right after Nagasaki that in 68 years nuclear weapons
would not be used again in anger I would have said you were nuts. Perhaps we are in a
bizarrely rare offshoot universe where World War 3 never happened.
Everett also famously cared little about his personal health and died young (in
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