Physics and the Future: Every Possible Future Exists

Physics and Yogi Berra

Seeking Delphi™

This two part post originally appeared in my first blog, The Millennium Conjectures™ in 2012.   Some background on the basic concepts of quantum mechanics discussed in these posts is available by reading the Quantum Weirdness Primer thread in that blog.  The entire Millennium Conjectures thread provides a fairly comprehensive view of my philosophical views on science, reality and the future.  In this conjecture, I put forth the notion that every possible future exists.

Part One: The Post-Newtonian Wordview

“The Future ain’t what it used to be.”–Yogi Berra

Yogi Yogi, philosopher extraordinaire, deep in thought

Yogi was right. Literally.

He had absolutely no idea what he was talking about, but he was right nonetheless.  For the way we view the future must, of necessity, be directly related to how we view physical reality. Ergo, as our understanding of physical reality changes, so changes how we think about the future and how…

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