tisdag 24 maj 2011

Monstrosity of Quantum Mechanics 3: Many-Worlds

The monstrosity of quantum mechanics is expressed in full bloom in Everett's Many-Worlds interpretation reflecting that solutions of the linear multi-dimensional Schrödinger equation can freely be superimposed.

The Schrödinger cat in its closed box thus can be in a state of superposition of both alive and dead and only upon opening the box for observation does the cat have to collapse into either alive or dead, as if there were two possible parallel universa prior to collapse into one actual universe.

The solution of the linear multi-dimensional Schrödinger equation thus is interpreted as a universal wave-function supposedly representing all possible universa, out of which a specific actual universe is singled out in one way or the other.

How to react to this breath-taking ocean of possibilities? In this case there seems to be two possibilities:
  1. Accept the linear multi-dimensional Schrödinger equation as given by God.
  2. Replace the linear multi-dimensional Schrödinger as a basic model of quantum mechanics with something more reasonable.
I would vote for 2. and I explore one possibility in Many-Minds Quantum Mechanics.

After all, it was Schrödinger and not God who wrote down the equation. It was Schrödinger who understood that his equation had serious flaws and should be replaced by a version describing actualities instead of possibilities.

What do you say? 1 or 2? One actuality or all possibilities? Would you prefer all possible lives
before one actual life.

Compare with the title of the biography: A Life of Erwin Schrödinger.

Nobody would be able to write a biography with the title All Possible Lives of Erwin Schrödinger, and even if somebody could, nobody would be interested in reading it.

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