Brent, A more general approach than Wheeler's is to understand that all participants in every event, even down to the particle level, are effectively observers of that event.
I generalize Wheeler's statement in my book on Reality to explain how every connected network of events essentially functions as a mini-reality accessible only to event participants of their networks, and it is only through networks connecting through common events that those mini-networks become merged into sharable realities in which "events become real because they become observable". It's a very important concept that leads to very important conclusions because it shows how GR and QM can be conceptually unified and all Quantum paradox resolved. I explained all this in my New Topic post titled something like "Yes, my book does address quantum reality" if you want to read more. Best, Edgar On Thursday, December 26, 2013 2:16:35 PM UTC-5, Brent wrote: > > On 12/26/2013 1:46 AM, LizR wrote: > > Interesting, at a brief skim they appear to be suggesting that phenomena > like quantum > > erasure involve rewriting the past, or words to that effect.....or have > I got that wrong? > > Yeah, it's sort of like Wheeler's "No event is a real event until it's an > observed > event." They're saying the observation *writes*, not rewrites, the past. > But we don't > want to leave conscious observation as a mystery; we know that > "observation" by any > macroscopic recorder is sufficient to fix the events. I think this can be > accommodated in > Bruno's theory by looking at it, not as changing or rewriting the past, > but as > post-selecting the past from the infinite threads of computation. > > Brent > -- 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. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.