Born to do Math 59 – Many Worlds
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
May 5, 2017
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Rick Rosner: Perspectives like the Many Worlds perspective. I have a feeling that when we understand things better. There will be optional perspectives, optional ways to frame existence that may or may not be provable. I feel like Many Worlds is possibly an unprovable proposition, but is convenient for talking about certain aspects of the world. There are some aspects of Many Worlds theory that are definitely woven into the universe.
Quantum indeterminacy, Schrodinger’s Cat kind of deal but with subatomic particles, those are definitely real kind of alternate versions of the world that can be presented via some very precise quantum math. If you want to talk about Many Worlds that way, that’s not just acceptable. That’s pretty much undeniable, but if you want to talk about Many Worlds across some abstract space like the set of all worlds where Kennedy didn’t get assassinated and so on.
Those things may have some mathematical legitimacy because you could describe some quantum wave signature. If you had world enough and time, you could describe a universe like ours, except Kennedy didn’t get assassinated. But does that mean that that world has some kind of existence? You could probably argue it either way and it probably doesn’t matter except as something that is fun to think about and is a convenient framing device.
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American Television Writer
Scott Douglas Jacobsen
Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing
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