November 14th, 2012, 12:09 PM
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Join Date: May 2011
| | Best argument against ("traditional") life after death
Recently I came to the conclusion tht there is indeed strong argument against "traditional" afterlife. It started about 2 months ago,when just in case I've read the book by Marcus Chown "The Universe Next Door".There is the Chapter "I'm gonna live forever". It has nothing to do with Parapsychology,but with the Everett's "Many Worlds" interpretation of quantum mechanics.The point is ,that as I searched on Internet,this interpretation has overwhelming support today among quantum physicists.For example,one of MWI evangelists,Lev Vaidman even built quantum device "The Quantum World Splitter",you can find it on Wikipedia.Also,follow this quote from one website,where person claimed to get e-mail from one physicist: ""It has never struck me before that people do not realise that there is MASSIVE observational evidence that the Many Worlds
really do exist.
In fact ALL the data associated with correlation indicates that the Many Worlds DO exist.
It is only really that there is an alternative explanation (Bohm's Quantum Potential) that such belief is not stronger.
We can SEE single particles in a Mach Zender interferometer or a Elitzur Vaidman Bomb Tester go BOTH WAYS around the
apparatus. We can SEE the Many Worlds in this way (and Many others).”
Previously popular Copehnagen interpretaion seems clearly out of picture today.
I don't know,may be above doesn't prove anything.Some people seem certain that MWI is obvious. And I had a correspondence with few physicists who don't accept this theory. But this is only half-point. The point is that this theory by itslef presuppose immortality,that is called" quantum immortality", meaning you will always find yourself only in the world when you survive,and there will be part of the wave where you don't die.You can find some of these discussions on the Internet.It was written in few books,and few philosophical papers.
But given all that it seems that all evidence for life after death we have from SPR and private investigators(mediumship,apparitions,reincarnation ) is moot point.Ironically,the above can be ascribed as support for ESP.Or,more generally,that we are forced to seek other explanations for survival evidence.
On the other hand - who knows,may be MWI of quantum mechanics is not the last word?(Hard to believe given the above quote and massive todays support).As I know leading proponents are in Oxford,Devid Deutch,Sammy Sunders,David Wallace ad others.Also Lev Vaidman in Israel.
Maybe quantum theory will be modified/replaced?Lee Smolin definetely thinks so.
I am in no rush to discard all evidence collected by the 150 last years, but the above makes me think...