Many Worlds?

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Earlier today, I saw a show that had the smartest man in America with an IQ of 195 who is working on a Cognitive - Theoretic Model of the Universe. He attacks the MWI with:

The Many Worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, in claiming to circumvent the problem of quantum mechanical wave function collapse, in effect claims to circumvent the problem of split consciousness as well. However, since MW is itself necessarily formulated in terms of two-valued logic, the problem regresses to that of how the “hyperuniverse” associated with MW itself “collapsed” out of the sea of all potential “meta-realities”. On this score, MW has little insight to offer on its own behalf. MW thus lacks justificative self-containment and is therefore no basis for a fundamental theory of reality. In any case, since the theory we are describing in this paper is designed to address reality in its most basic form, and thus to address all conceivable realities as its possible instantiations, it supersedes any explanation afforded by MW alone.
What do Many-Worlders think about a statement such as this coming from an intelligent person?
 

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I think that this proves the limitations of IQ tests.
 
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Earlier today, I saw a show that had the smartest man in America
What Show? What Man?
 
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What Show? What Man?
Christopher Langan. Apparently he was on the NBC gameshow "1 vs. 100". His "cognitive-theoretic" model seems to be nebulous metaphysics--see here for a description. And his objection to the many-worlds interpretation above is likewise metaphysical--he's saying it doesn't explain where the laws themselves come from (neither does any other theory of physics).
 
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I very much doubt that someone with a title "the smartest man in ..." is anywhere near as smart as he claims to be.
 
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From: http://www.testcafe.com/iqtest/ [Broken]

"Congratulations!
Your general IQ score is 164.

A person whose IQ score falls in the range of 161 and above is considered to be a "genius".
An IQ is a composite of your scores across 12 distinct aspects of intelligence. Each person has a unique intellectual make-up, with strengths and weaknesses that affect their methods of understanding, recognition, communication and association. Using a carefully cross-reference scoring scheme, TestCafe is able to accumulate a profound quantity of information about your natural intellectual abilities."

So I guess I'm not as smart as Chris Langan. Oh well.
 
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From: http://www.testcafe.com/iqtest/ [Broken]

"Congratulations!
Your general IQ score is 164.

A person whose IQ score falls in the range of 161 and above is considered to be a "genius".
An IQ is a composite of your scores across 12 distinct aspects of intelligence. Each person has a unique intellectual make-up, with strengths and weaknesses that affect their methods of understanding, recognition, communication and association. Using a carefully cross-reference scoring scheme, TestCafe is able to accumulate a profound quantity of information about your natural intellectual abilities."

So I guess I'm not as smart as Chris Langan. Oh well.
Don't fret, I'm not either. You know, its funny how people with nongenius IQs end up making all of the discoveries that benefit mankind, but high IQ people spend their time solving puzzles and trying to create funding on high IQ societies like his own. See his video on YouTube to see crackpottery in action.
 
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