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 -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.