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Questions about the Nature of the Universe: 1

January 21, 2011 13 comments

This series of posts will ask some peculiar questions about the very nature of our universe. After a few posts in this series, I will also write about my ideas on that subject.

Here is my first thought experiment.

Background: Radioactive decay is a very predictable and precisely quantifiable phenomena. Each radioactive isotope has a very characteristic decay pattern.

The half-lives of almost all radioactive isotopes are utterly impervious to environmental changes. A small minority of isotopes that undergo decay through electron capture and internal conversion are known to be slightly sensitive to chemical and environmental effects.

Radioactive decay is a random process on the level of single atoms, in that according to quantum theory it is impossible to predict when a given atom will decay.However, given a large number of identical atoms the decay rate for the collection is predictable.

My question is:

Would creating large amounts of a rare isotope affect the probability of radioactive decay in another large collection of the same isotope a billion light-years away?

Our current understanding of radioactive decay suggests creating a large amount of any radioactive isotope would affect the rate of radioactive decay (but not the half-life) of another large collection of the same isotope anywhere in the universe instantly. This is another version of the quantum entanglement problem.

Have you ever considered that quantum entanglement would be far easier to explain if we assumed that the entire universe behaved like a computer simulation?

In computer simulations a change in one part of the system could be conveyed to all other parts within one “step”. Could there be a unit of time so small that it would not be possible to determine if it existed, or any change occurred during its passing?

A universe in which every particle (however big, small or weird) in our universe is simply a mathematical construct is within the realm of possibility. Why is it so hard to imagine that the hardware of a sufficiently advanced computer could run the universe as an open-ended simulation?

Here is a relevant link: Digital Physics

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Olivia Hussey in 1968 Movie Version of Romeo and Juliet

January 21, 2011 2 comments

A blast from the past: published on Jan 21, 2011.

Here is a YouTube clip of Olivia Hussey in her famous role as Juliet. She was born in 1951, the movie was released in 1968, so she aws about 16 years old when it was filmed.

I decided to post this after FBs post about that film.

and here is picture of her daughter, India Eisley, born in 1993.

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NSFW Links: Jan 21, 2011

January 21, 2011 Leave a comment

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