Re: Plaga

From: Saibal Mitra <>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 19:31:14 +0200

Plaga's paper has been published:

''Proposal for an experimental test of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics''

Found.Phys. 27 (1997) 559

arXiv: quant-ph/9510007

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  Van: aet.radal ssg
  Verzonden: Wednesday, May 25, 2005 05:59 PM
  Onderwerp: Re: Plaga

  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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