Category: misc

  • Church against Everett

    Quote from Peter Byrne, The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett III: Multiple Universes, Mutual Assured Destruction, and the Meltdown of a Nuclear Family p. 385 “Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, faced with scientific claims like neo-Darwinism adn the multiverse hypothesis in cosmology invented to avoid the overwhelming evidence for purpose and design…

  • Neuroscience about Newton

    Quotes from Michael S. Gazzaniga, Who’s in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain p. 98 “In moment-to-moment activity, the interpreter [in the brain] is always dealing  with the changing inputs from sites in the brain where activity is going on.  Sitting under the apple tree, Isaac Newton, indulging in that most human…

  • Liz Everett in Many Worlds

    Quotes from Peter Byrne, The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett III: Multiple Universes, Mutual Assured Destruction, and the Meltdown of a Nuclear Family p. 352 “Ten weeks later on July 11, in Hawaii, a few days after her 39th birthday, Liz succeed in killing herself with an overdose of sleeping pills. She left a note,…

  • Logic of the Cold War

    Quote from Peter Byrne, The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett III: Multiple Universes, Mutual Assured Destruction, and the Meltdown of a Nuclear Family p. 281 “At the meeting, one of McNamara’s ‘Whiz Kids’, Alain Enthoven, claimed that increasing the American defense budget by $27 billion would reduce American lives lost from a Soviet first strike…

  • Ground Observer Corps

    Quotes from Peter Byrne, The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett III: Multiple Universes, Mutual Assured Destruction, and the Meltdown of a Nuclear Family p. 44 “Like hundred of thousands of young people in the early 1950s, Nancy volunteered with the Ground Observer Corps, watching the skies for Russian bombers. Because radar systems could not track…

  • Von Neumann as a Hawk

    Quotes from Peter Byrne, The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett III: Multiple Universes, Mutual Assured Destruction, and the Meltdown of a Nuclear Family p. 73-74 “And along with his fellow hydrogen bomb-engineers, Edward Teller and John Wheeler, von Neumann was certain that preparing to wage nuclear war was a historical necessity. Life magazine recalled in…

  • The Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge

    A few quotes from Edward Dolnick, The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World ‘The Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge, the formal name of this grab-bag collection of geniuses, misfits, and eccentrics, was by most accounts the first official scientific organization in the…

  • Religious Robots

    Quotes from Robert Geraci, Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality p. 133 “Ray Kurzweil believes that intelligent machines will be more spiritual than human being and believes that the future will include real and virtual houses of worship where intelligent machines will congregate (Kurzweil 1999, 153). Naturally, since all…