On 3/22/2013 2:20 PM, John Clark wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 Telmo Menezes <te...@telmomenezes.com
> <mailto:te...@telmomenezes.com>> wrote:
>  
>
>     > TED recently censured two talks by Rupert Sheldrake and Graham
>     Hancock. Did did it one the grounds of
>     classifying their claims as pseudo-science.
>
>
> My respect for TED just went up several notches.
>  
>
>     > I find this disturbing
>
>
> Ted has a good reputation. They want to keep it.
>
>     > they are just proposing hypothesis based on experience.
>
>
> They are proposing a hypothesis to explain a phenomenon that, despite
> the best efforts of many for well over a century, nobody can show
> exists. I will make a bet with you or with anyone else on this list
> that if either of the 2 most respected  science journals on planet
> earth, Science and Nature, publish a pro parapsychology article before
> March 22 2014 I will give you $100, if they don't you only have to pay
> me $10. Do we have a bet?
>
> And speaking of Science magazine, if you like wild and wacky stuff,
> and who doesn't, you don't need to read supermarket tabloids and
> listen to junk science by Rupert Sheldrake, Science Magazine has
> plenty of weird wonderful stuff, and what's more this is stuff that
> could change  our world beyond all recognition; Rupert Sheldrake never
> will.
>
> For example, almost all of the March 8 2013 issue of Science Magazine
> is devoted to articles about Quantum Computers, and a working Quantum
> Computer would stand the world on its head like nothing seen before.
> Here are what world class physicists have to report on the latest
> developments:
>
> "The concept of solving problems with the use of quantum algorithms,
> introduced in the early 1990s was welcomed as a revolutionary change
> in the theory of computational complexity, but the feat of actually
> building a quantum computer was then thought to be impossible. The
> invention of quantum error correction introduced hope that a quantum
> computer might one day be built, most likely by future generations of
> physicists and engineers. However, less than 20 years later, we have
> witnessed so many advances that successful quantum computations, and
> other applications of quantum information processing such as quantum
> simulation and long distance quantum communication appear reachable
> within our lifetime"
>
> "A final measurement of the system can then yield information
> pertaining to all 2^N states. For merely N= 400 qubits, we find that
> the encoded information of 2^ 400 = 10^120 values is more than the
> number of fundamental particles in the universe; such a computation
> could never be performed without the parallel processing enabled by
> quantum mechanics. In a sense, entanglement between qubits acts as an
> invisible wiring that can potentially be exploited to solve certain
> problems that are intractable otherwise. [...] Remarkably, we have not
> yet encountered any fundamental physical principles that would
> prohibit the building of quite large quantum processors."
>
> "The past decade has seen remarkable progress in isolating and
> controlling quantum coherence using charges and spins in
> semiconductors. Quantum control has been established at room
> temperature, and electron spin coherence times now exceed several
> seconds, a nine order-of-magnitude increase in coherence compared with
> the first semiconductor qubits."
>
> "Although many challenges remain on the road to constructing a useful
> quantum computer, the pace of discovery seems to be accelerating, and
> spins in semiconductors are poised to play a major role."
>
>
> There was even a article on the most radical sort of Quantum computer,
> a Topological Quantum Computer using non-Abelian pseudo-particles, and
> even here they report "substantial progress in this field".
>
>   John K Clark
>

    I am sure that you know the exact temperature at which paper
combusts as well!

-- 
Onward!

Stephen

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