Quantum Bayesian Networks

February 25, 2015

Maybe You Should Believe Sean Carroll

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 5:35 am

3corcovado-sean-carrollPhysicist (cosmologist) Sean Carroll, a darling of the popular-science press, is a vocal atheist. Although he does not believe in the existence of God, because it’s an untestable theory, he does believe in the Many Wor(l)ds Interpretation of quantum mechanics (MWI), another untestable theory. In a recent blog post, Sean pities those who do not believe in the true interpretation, for they shall not see the glory of heaven. According to Sean, MWI is easily derivable, using only pure logic, from a few, very simple, widely accepted axioms. Sean has devoted considerable time and effort to proving the existence of many worlds and disproving the existence of God.

I’m afraid I’m one of those nonbelievers that Sean pities so much. See my opinion of MWI here.

Although I don’t believe in MWI, I do have a scientific religion, quantum computation. There is a big difference between QC and MWI, though. Quantum computation is a testable theory. Even better, its ultimate goal is to construct a tangible, physical machine. That machine is a God to me, a Deus ex Machina. I believe that this God/machine will descend from heaven (thanks to a handy crane) at the end of the play, and save the day, just in the nick of time, when the situation seemed all but hopeless.

2 Comments »

  1. Generic MWI nut: Everett’s interpretation EXPLAINS how Shor’s algorithm works. No other interpretation does that!

    Indigo Montoya, Ph.D.: You keep using that word, ‘explains’. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    I’ve carefully curated my digital media feeds so as to avoid exposure to this attention hound and others like him. Now thanks to you, I’m gonna have to go watch American Sniper to renew my faith in humanity.

    Comment by Max Born — February 25, 2015 @ 5:32 pm

  2. Hi Max. Haven’t heard from you for a while. Was beginning to fear that I had lost one of my audience of 3 or 4 people.

    Comment by rrtucci — February 25, 2015 @ 7:24 pm


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