My Connected Conciences Interpretation of QM

From: Fritz Griffith <>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 1999 18:47:43 MST

   Many people believe that according to the many-worlds theory of QM, we
are immortal. The basic idea behind this is that when we die our existance
ends in that world, but because there exists a nearly identical world in
which we don't die, we still experience that world, and therefore never
experience death. However, this idea goes against the many-worlds theory
because it implies that each version of us in different worlds is somehow
'connected', whereas the MWI implies that no one in any world is 'connected'
in any way to anyone else. What I mean by 'connected' is that two or more
concious beings in different worlds are really the same concience, but are
unaware of each others' existance simply because the lack of each
concience's awareness of the other parts of the whole concience is part of
the experience of that concience. In contrast, the MWI assumes that no
worlds are connected in any way, and therefore different conciences in
different worlds are not smaller parts of the whole, but rather individual
conciences on their own.
   So how does any of this actually affect our reality? The answer is a
great deal. While the MWI allows us to compute probabilities of which world
will be ours, the immortal idea of connected conciences does not. Rather,
all you can say is that you will experience both worlds, guaranteed. For
example, with the MWI you can say that world A has a 90% probability of
happening and world B has a 10% probability of happening. But with the
connected conciences interpretation (CCI), each world has a 100% probability
of happening. The fact that the probability of both worlds adds up to
greater than 100% seems to indicate that the CCI is impossible, but this can
be explained by the fact that in the CCI, probability does not exist. It is
actually not correct to give each world a 100% probability because no
probability is associated with each world (my previous example was just to
give you an idea of what I was talking about). Rather, all you can say is
that you WILL experience every possible world. If you ask, "Will a white
rabbit suddenly start flying throughout the room within the next second?",
the answer will be YES, just as the answer to the question, "Will the
universe continue to act just as it should within the next second?" will be
YES. You will experience both of these worlds at the same time, and the
only reason it doesn't seem like you are experiencing both of them at the
same time is because part of the experience of each concience is the lack of
awareness of each other one. The fact that probability does not exist in
this interpretation implies that it does not matter how many more lawless
worlds there are than lawful ones; along with the lawless worlds, you will
still necessarily experience the lawful one, and within that world (and
every other one) it will feel like that is the only world, due to the
condition of lack of awareness of the other parts of the whole concience.
In a nutshell, that is why our universe is lawful according to the CCI.
   We could extend the CCI to include ALL conciences in ALL worlds. This
would imply that we are all really one single concience, made up of
countless parts, each of which aren't aware of the others' experiences.
   The only assumption made in this theory is that conciences are connected
into one single concience.
   Let me know what you think of this theory.

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