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Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 10:34:20 EST
Subject: smartest?

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One of the smartest people in the world, anyway, is my impression. Every 
physicist and philosopher should be acquainted with Joy Christian, writings 
including "Why the quantum must yield to gravity," in the book "Physics Meets 
Philosophy at the Planck Scale," ed. Callender & Huggett, Cambridge, 2001.

Although you will need some background in modern physics to get the most out 
of it, I think even a superficial reading will, at minimum, provide 
convincing evidence that the assumptions underlying current quantum theory 
are highly suspect. In particular, there is a fascinating discussion of ideas 
of Penrose and others concerning "objective reduction" and possible  
experimental tests of the idea that superposition does not apply to 
macroscopic systems, contrary to the current article of faith of most 
physicists (cf Price's elephant).

Robert Ettinger


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