Re: Plaga

From: aet.radal ssg <>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 10:59:27 -0500

From the initial page from the included link to the archive: "I'm no physicist so I don't know for sure that these implications would
follow, but I am very doubtful that interworld communication is consistent
with the basics of quantum mechanics.  The fact that this paper has not
been published in peer reviewed journals in 7 years indicates that it
probably doesn't work."

Back when I wasn't long in the field of video production I was well aware of the insistance and belief of TV engineers that a single tube industrial color video camera was not broadcast quality. Working in cable, where they were used for cablecast, I had plenty of opportunity to look at picture quality, etc. and came to the conclusion that it shouldn't be a problem. 2 years later I got the chance to prove it when a local news station sent a crew out to cover something that I was shooting. In the end I gave them the editied sequence I had shot (now down two generations), and they took it and edited it into their story, which would have taken it down a third. Then they broadcasted it over the air. I taped it off-air and the results were conclusive - I was right, all the nay-sayer engineers were wrong. A $40,000 Ikegami  vs a $1,500 Panasonic and it was a tie except for one slight red bleed from a costume due to the Saticon tube bias toward red in the camera I used, which could have been color corrected with a time base corrector, but whoever dubbed the tape left the red level a little too hot.

My point being that that was the first in a long line of "you can'ts" that I've faced which I eventually proved, "you can". Thus I have a dim view of such positions when they aren't backed up with experiments that prove so *conclusively*. As long as the possibility exists, I keep an open mind. Besides, if unbriddled skepticism was right all the time, we wouldn't be using computers, flying, or even have phones of any kind, just to name a few things.

----- Original Message -----
Subject: Re: Plaga
Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 17:51:13 -0700 (PDT)

> We discussed Plaga's paper back in June, 2002. I reported some skeptical
> analysis of the paper by John Baez of sci.physics fame, at
> . I also gave some
> reasons of my own why arbitrary inter-universe quantum communication
> should be impossible.
> Hal Finney


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