science = determinism?

Shmuel (Seymour J.) Metz nospam at nsf.gov.invalid
Fri Nov 26 09:36:52 EST 1999


Tim Bradshaw wrote:

> And an assumption that has been generally understood to be wrong for
> about 70 years, since the discovery of quantum mechanics.  There are
> `deterministic' explanations of QM -- in particular the many-worlds
> theory -- but they don't help you actually predict things as you can't
> tell which world you'll end up in until you make the experiment.

Sure you can; you wind up in all of them. And the prediction of
amplitudes for each of the "eigenyou"s coincides with the prediction of
the amplitudes for each of the outcomes in the Copenhagen
interpretation. Subjectively it still appears random, because the
different yous correspond to orthogonal states.

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