RE: Another Tedious Hypothetical

From: Stathis Papaioannou <>
Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2005 12:01:31 +1000

In order: 2,1,5,3,4.

--Stathis Papaioannou

>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?

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