O O it turns out we're immortal. it's a result of O OOO O quantum physics. OO O OO O OO now - DON'T GET ME WRONG. i'm not talking OOOOOO O about some new-age-quantum-physics-ufo-bigfoot OO O OO immortality here. i'm talking about 2+2=4, so OOOO O O we're immortal. i think it's really very freaky. O O O OOOO O O first of all, you need to believe in the many OO OO O worlds interpretation (mwi) - more commonly know O OO O O as "the theory of parallel universes." O O OO O O O O many people don't. but you should, really. O OO OO O it provides the only reasonable explanation O OO for quantum experiments - like the two slits O OOO O experiment. before mwi, we had to say nonsense OO OOOO like "photons are BOTH waves AND particles." OOO O O what the hell does that mean? it's one or the O O OO other, bub. OOOOO OOO O O and anyway, nowadays people are building O OOOOO O computers to take advantage of the parallel OOO OO universes. AND THEY WORK. so if you don't OO O believe in mwi - you'd better find some O OOOO O explanation for why these computers are OO OO OOO computing 128 times faster than they ought to. O O OOO O OOOO O besides - Stephen Hawking believes in mwi. don't O OO OOO you trust him? OOO OO O O OOOOO but we're not talking about mwi. we're talking O O O about immortality. O O OOO OOOOO O OO once you believe mwi - it's easy to see that OO O O you're immortal. in some of the universes - VERY OOO O O OO FEW - of the universes, you magically (luckily) O O survive all the nasty things that may happen to O OOOOO OO you. you don't get cancer. you don't walk down O O OOO that dark alley. you don't get too close to that O O cliff. OO OOOO O O O and furthermore, in some of them, you don't seem O O O to age as quickly. and in some of them, medical OOOOOOO O science makes discoveries 100 times faster than OO OOOOOO normal. O O O O OOO OO you get the idea. OOOOOOO O O O OOOO now - the clever thinkers among you will say OOOOO "yeah, yeah, big deal. in SOME of the universes O O O i am immortal, but in overwhelmingly most of O OO them, i'm not. chances are i'm in one where i OO OOO die." OOOO O OO OO OOO you're right, you're right. being immortal in O O O some small number of universes isn't terribly O O OO interesting if there's virtually no chance of O OOOOOOO actually experiencing it. (you think it's hard OOOOOO to win the lotto - try winning a universe in OO OO OOO which you're immortal!) O OO O O OOO OO O here's where the argument takes a subtle turn. OO O OOO and i must confess, i'm not terribly good at OOOOO conveying it. OOO OOO OO O O O i think (and others agree - we've all discovered OOO OO this argument independently) you *will* O OO experience the a universe of immortality. for O O OO OO the simple reason: it's impossible to experience O OOOO a universe where you're dead. because you're O O OOO O dead. OOOO O OO OO O OO here's a thought experiment that helps to think O OO about it. it's not mine - i've stolen it from OOOOOOO someone else. when i can remember who it was, O O O O i'll give him credit. OOO O O O O O OOO it goes like this: imagine you have a room OOOOOO O with 10 computers - each of the computers is O OO O artificially intelligent. each of the computers OOO OOO O is running exactly the same program, and they O OO all get exactly the same inputs, and none of OOO O OO the computers can talk to any of the other OOO computers. so, in fact, they all do EXACTLY the OOOO O O same thing, all the time. it's kinda silly, O O actually, because they're all identical - it's a OOOOO O waste, only one computer is necessary. O OOOO O O OOO so, in fact, despite the fact that there are OOO O 10 copies- there is only one intelligence. one O O mind. O O O OO O O and if we switch off one of the computers, the O O OO O mind doesn't notice. OO O O OOOOOOOOO get it?
per usual - someone had this idea before me. for complete coverage, search for quantum immortality.