Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur
jducoeur

Intuitions of weirdness

[Happy birthday to shava23!]

I'm beginning to suspect that I'm rather weird. That's not going to surprise folks, but I'd like to take a quick survey. Note that the following questions are entirely about intuition -- not what you intellectually think, but what, at a *gut* level, seems correct to you, so don't spend a lot of time thinking about it. Yes, I'm being intentionally simplistic in the replies: I'm curious whether, when pushed into a black and white answer about their gut reaction, folks find these ideas sensible.

The Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics indicates (basically) that everything that possibly can happen does happen: that at each possible moment of variation, the universe "splits", resulting in more universes. The result would be that there are a practically infinite number of universes out there -- indeed, there are a practically infinite number of variations of yourself. Intuitively, does this seem reasonable?

Yes
26(52.0%)
No
24(48.0%)

The Strong Anthropic Principle indicates (among other things) that we make the observations we do just because we happen to live in the world where those observations prove true -- that the world seems surprisingly well-suited to our existence because it just happens to be the world in which can exist. Does this sound likely to you?

Yes
36(73.5%)
No
13(26.5%)

Some interpretations of physics would indicate that free will as we think of it is an illusion at the physical level: that at a fundamental level, our decisions are just as determined by basic physics as everything else. At a gut level, do you find that plausible?

Yes
19(38.8%)
No
30(61.2%)

If all three of the above and their apparently consequence were to be true -- there are an infinite number of worlds, we just happen to exist in one among them, our decisions are just a result of physics, and therefore every decision you possibly could make you *do* make in some world -- do you find this to be a happy prospect, a sad one, or indifferent? (Remember, I'm looking for gut reactions here.)

Happy
9(18.0%)
Sad
14(28.0%)
Neutral
27(54.0%)
Tags: navel-gazing, science
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