X-Message-Number: 8289
Date:  Fri, 06 Jun 97 14:20:08 
From: Mike Perry <>
Subject: Hidden Variables, Tipler

From: "Perry E. Metzger" <>

>Correct me if I'm wrong, but it appears to me that Bell's Theorem
>makes hidden variable theories impossible.

Not impossible, but very strange, in that they must then be 
non-local, with "spooky action at a distance," i.e. faster-than-light 
interconnections between events. (In the original "disproof" of 
hidden variables by von Neumann it was assumed that locality held, 
in keeping with relativity.) Actually, the only version of QM in 
which locality holds, as far as I know, is many-worlds. 

As for Tipler's Omega Point Theory, I agree that the whole thing
depends on too many conditionals, all of which must be true, and
it seems doubtful to me too.

Mike Perry

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