Memetics of Quantum Mechanical Interpretations

In summary, the conversation discusses the application of Richard Dawkins' ideas and the principles of evolutionary biology to model interpretations of quantum mechanics. The speaker has written an article on this topic and recommends reading David Deutsch's book, The Fabric of Reality, which also explores the relationship between Dawkins' ideas and quantum physics. The book's chapter 8 summarizes this connection and presents a novel analysis of the stability of genes and knowledge. The author concludes that life and knowledge are fundamental physical quantities and that life is significant in its physical effects and not derivative from other phenomena.
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Hi All,

I have been thinking of applying the ideas in Richard Dawkin's Selfish Gene and the ideas of Evolutionary Biology based on the Darwinian principles to model QM interpretations as some kind of genes which fight for survival in an interpretation pool, I have written an article posted on arxiv here:
http://www.arxiv.org/abs/physics/0601092

It is way to model not what could be the correct interpretation of QM, but how this dynamics of interpretations are created, survice and fight for survival in the scientific community, so I hope it is an interesting read.

Regards,
Sardar.
 
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You will want to read the book The Fabric of Reality (1997) by David Deutsch where he discusses quantum physics and relationship to meme concept of Dawkins. Dr. Deutsch is professor at Centre for Quantum Computing, Oxford University. You can read a review of the book at this link:http://naturalscience.com/ns/books/book02.html

and here is a summary of chapter that relates Dawkins and quantum physics:

Chapter 8, entitled The Significance of Life, provides a sketch of Darwinian evolution as amplified by Dawkins (who places genes, rather than species, at the center of the adaptive process) and then uses the many-worlds theory to give a novel and stimulating cross-universe analysis of the stability and robustness of genes. This analysis permits an abstract distinction between true genetic material and junk DNA. A similar analysis can be applied to the robustness of knowledge itself. The following quotes summarize the author's conclusions: “The direct connection between the theory of evolution and quantum theory is... one of the most striking and unexpected of the many connections between the four strands.” “Knowledge is a fundamental physical quantity... and... life is only slightly less so.” “Life is the means... by which the effects referred to in the Turing principle have been implemented in nature.” “It is simply not true that life is insignificant in its physical effects [on the astrophysical scale], nor is it theoretically derivative [from other fundamental phenomena].”
 
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I find the concept of applying memetics to the interpretation of quantum mechanics to be a thought-provoking and intriguing idea. It is certainly an interesting approach to understanding the dynamics of interpretations within the scientific community. By viewing interpretations as genes that compete for survival, it allows us to examine the evolution of these ideas and how they are influenced by the larger scientific landscape.

However, it is important to note that this model does not determine which interpretation of quantum mechanics is correct. Rather, it provides a framework for understanding how interpretations emerge and persist in the scientific community. It is also worth considering the limitations of applying evolutionary principles to scientific ideas, as it may oversimplify the complex process of scientific discovery and the factors that influence it.

Overall, I believe this is a valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion and debate surrounding quantum mechanics interpretations. It offers a unique perspective and opens up new avenues for exploration in understanding the evolution of scientific ideas. I look forward to seeing further research and discussion on this topic.
 

1. What is memetics?

Memetics is a field of study that examines the transmission and evolution of cultural ideas, beliefs, and behaviors through the process of imitation and replication. It is often described as the "science of cultural evolution."

2. How does memetics relate to quantum mechanics?

Memetics of Quantum Mechanical Interpretations is a specific branch of memetics that focuses on how quantum mechanical concepts and principles can be applied to understand the transmission and evolution of cultural ideas and behaviors.

3. What is the significance of studying memetics of quantum mechanical interpretations?

Studying memetics of quantum mechanical interpretations can provide insights into how and why certain cultural ideas and behaviors spread and evolve. It can also lead to a better understanding of the role of individual and collective consciousness in shaping cultural phenomena.

4. Can memetics of quantum mechanical interpretations be applied to real-world situations?

Yes, memetics of quantum mechanical interpretations has been applied in various fields such as marketing, social psychology, and politics to understand the spread of ideas and behaviors within a society.

5. What are some potential criticisms of memetics of quantum mechanical interpretations?

Some critics argue that the use of quantum mechanics in memetics is a flawed analogy and that the two fields should not be combined. Others argue that memetics oversimplifies the complex nature of cultural evolution and ignores other factors that influence the transmission and evolution of ideas and behaviors.

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