Re: Infinite universe

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Mon Apr 28 2003 - 14:13:38 MDT

Perry E. Metzger wrote:
> BTW, Einstein's intuition about Quantum Mechanics turns out to have
> been completely wrong -- which resulted in his wasting a lot of the
> last years of his life.

If many-worlds is correct, Einstein will turn out to have been absolutely
right. It seems like a good bet that if Einstein were alive today, he
would be an advocate of many-worlds generally and the Everett-DeWitt
equation specifically. I say this not as an Argument From Imaginary
Authority, but simply a guess based on what I understand of Einstein's
historical outlook and personality. Julian Barbour, who seems to have
inherited Einstein's mode of thinking, is definitely an advocate of

(Poor Julian Barbour. He probably could have done Einstein's job, but
unfortunately Einstein already did it. Alas, for every Einstein or Newton
there are probably hundreds of anonymous world-class geniuses who don't
happen to run across a sufficiently interesting problem.)

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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