Another tedious hypothetical

From: rmiller <>
Date: Sun, 05 Jun 2005 12:34:13 -0500

Another hypothetical. In 1939, let's say, a writer comes up with a sci-fi
story, which is published the next year. It involves (let's say) a uranium
bomb and a "beryllium target" in the Arizona desert that might blow up and
cause problems for everyone. His main character is a fellow he decides to
name "Silard." Two other characters he names "Korzybski" and "Lenz." Two
cities are named in the story: Manhattan and Chicago. Along about the
same time, in 1939 an out-of-work scientist named Leo Szilard is crossing a
street in London (no, he doesn't know the sci fi writer.) Four years later
Leo Szilard will be working with a guy named George Kistiakowski---whose
job it is to fashion a lens configuration for the explosives surrounding a
nuclear core for the first atomic bomb---code named, the Manhattan
Project. Some of the other scientists, Enrico Fermi, for example, are from
Chicago (where the first man-made nuclear pile was constructed---under the

Now, pick one:
1. All a Big Coincidence Proving Nothing (ABCPN)
2. The writer obviously was privy to state secrets and should have been
3. Suggests precognition of a very strange and weird sort.
4. Might fit a QM many worlds model and should be investigated further.
5. I have no clue how to even address something like this.

Any takers?

Received on Sun Jun 05 2005 - 13:48:13 PDT

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