From: Nick Tarleton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Jan 23 2008 - 19:54:32 MST
On Jan 23, 2008 9:42 PM, Daniel Burfoot <email@example.com> wrote:
> 2) The central mystery of quantum mechanics, as revealed by the double-slit
> experiment, can be seen as a computational shortcut: the simulation notices
> that the path of the electron does not affect anything on a "macroscopic"
> scale, so it doesn't bother to compute the real trajectory.
But QM implies quantum computation, which requires exponential time
and space to simulate classically. Thus we can predict that if we're
in a simulation and QM is a speed hack, nontrivial quantum computers
will never work.
> This strong version of the simulation argument suggests new physical
> experiments. For example, there should be a point at which the simulation
> decides an effect is simply too far away to matter (e.g. the influence of
> Pluto on the Earth's gravitational field). This kind of thing should be
> testable with high-precision experiments.
Not if They don't want you to find out.
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