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As a theoretical physicist, I feel at once proud and humble at the thought of the illustrious figures that have preceded me here to receive the greatest of all honors in science, the Nobel prize.
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But I don't actually adopt the point of view that our subjective impression of free will, which is a kind of indeterminacy behavior, comes from quantum mechanical indeterminacy.
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But when researchers at Bell Labs discovered that static tends to come from particular places in the sky, the whole field of radio astronomy opened up.
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Enthusiasm is followed by disappointment and even depression, and then by renewed enthusiasm.
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For me, the study of these laws is inseparable from a love of Nature in all its manifestations.
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Hugh Everett's work has been described by many people in terms of many worlds, the idea being that every one of the various alternative histories, branching histories, is assigned some sort of reality.
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I am frequently astonished that it so often results in correct predictions of experimental results.
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I didn't say that Niels Bohr had said anything foolish. I said that his Copenhagen interpretation may now be regarded as partial and approximate, but not wrong.
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I do not keep up with the details of particle physics.
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I have been interested in phenomena involving complexity, diversity and evolution since I was a young boy.
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I think also of my colleagues in elementary particle theory in many lands, and feel that in some measure I am here as a representative of our small, informal, international fraternity.
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I think one can try to reduce the amount of confusion, and also to reduce the amount of nonsense that's talked about quantum mechanics.
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If someone says that he can think or talk about quantum physics without becoming dizzy, that shows only that he has not understood anything whatever about it.
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If we look at the way the universe behaves, quantum mechanics gives us fundamental, unavoidable indeterminacy, so that alternative histories of the universe can be assigned probability.
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In fact any experiment that measures a quantum effect is one in which the quantum effect is aligned with the behavior of some heavy, macroscopic object; that's how we measure it.
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In other words, when human beings act in certain ways and it seems that the acts are not predetermined and therefore there's an element of free will, perhaps more likely we're acting from hidden motives than because we have a quantum mechanical random number generator concealed within us.
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Is it imaginable that in the 13 or 14 billion years before human life appeared there was no quantum mechanics? That is ludicrous.
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Mind, after all, is the name we give to the phenomenological aspects of what the brain and related organs do, and consciousness is a real phenomenon which we don't understand very well, but it's certainly there, exists in human beings, and probably exists to some extent also in other organisms.
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Now, at the Santa Fe Institute, I can do research on both the simple and the complex.
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Now, what that means is that there is fundamental indeterminacy from quantum mechanics, but besides that there are other sources of effective indeterminacy.
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Of course the word chaos is used in rather a vague sense by a lot of writers, but in physics it means a particular phenomenon, namely that in a nonlinear system the outcome is often indefinitely, arbitrarily sensitive to tiny changes in the initial condition.
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Our planet doesn't seem to be the result of anything very special.
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Planets are too dim to be detected with existing equipment, far away, except in these very special circumstances where they're seen by their gravitational effect.
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So the old Copenhagen interpretation needs to be generalized, needs to be replaced by something that can be used for the whole universe, and can be used also in cases where there is plenty of individuality and history.
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Sometimes the probabilities are very close to certainties, but they're never really certainties.
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The chaos can act as a magnifier of quantum fluctuations so that they can produce sizable effects in the world around us. But we know that that can happen often.
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The evidence for Indo-European, Uralic, Austronesian and so on is overwhelming, and there is no reason not to go deeper.
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We are driven by the usual insatiable curiosity of the scientist, and our work is a delightful game.
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Well, I don't like to get involved in these philosophical issues very much.
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What I try to do in the book is to trace the chain of relationships running from elementary particles, fundamental building blocks of matter everywhere in the universe, such as quarks, all the way to complex entities, and in particular complex adaptive system like jaguars.
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When you think you're listening to several conversations at once, they tell me, you may really simply be time sharing - that is, listening a little bit to this one, a little bit to that one.
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You know, there was a time, just before I started to study physical science, when astronomers thought that systems such as we have here in the solar system required a rare triple collision of stars.
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