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  1. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    I ve just read the most extraordinary thing In the US version of the third novel of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, Life, the Universe and Everything, the word Belgium is used to replace the word fuck which was in the British publication.Apparently Douglas Adams American publishers thought that some of the language in the book was too crude for Americans and asked him to take out the words fuck , asshole and shit Adams replaced asshole with kneebiter, shit with swut and fuck w I ve just read the most extraordinary thing In the US version of the third novel of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, Life, the Universe and Everything, the word Belgium is used to replace the word fuck which was in the British publication.Apparently Douglas Adams American publishers thought that some of the language in the book was too crude for Americans and asked him to take out the words fuck , asshole and shit Adams replaced asshole with kneebiter, shit with swut and fuck with Belgium Sheer genius.American publishers are pussies.But you can kind of understand why when every now and again in the Feedback group someone whines that books need to be rated for language not to mention amount of sex and violence and there are groups devoted to letting people know if words that might upset their members are used I remember one review where the woman said she went through the book and used a black marker on every single curse word I hope it wasn t a library book.But still, using Belgium, that was a low blow


  2. Barry Pierce Barry Pierce says:

    I m getting very bored of this series While I like the characters and I understand the humour, I m not laughing I read these novels with a smile, not a smirk.


  3. Mario the lone bookwolf Mario the lone bookwolf says:

    Some of the key elements of this third strike are normally terrifying horrors of Sci Fi and no reason to laugh and have great entertainment, expect one it into that, but Adams has the ability to even turn extermination wars and sick mentalities into a funny and educating read Because it shows that hobbies like killing every living being in the universe without any good reason or at least an advantage is ridiculous and that any species that attempts wanton or accidental mass extinction, genocid Some of the key elements of this third strike are normally terrifying horrors of Sci Fi and no reason to laugh and have great entertainment, expect one it into that, but Adams has the ability to even turn extermination wars and sick mentalities into a funny and educating read Because it shows that hobbies like killing every living being in the universe without any good reason or at least an advantage is ridiculous and that any species that attempts wanton or accidental mass extinction, genocide and extermination wars is in an immense state of madness, looking at you humankind.Another topic is good old time manipulation, great for plotting and producing funny situations, just probably a bit difficult to use because it can get confusing in the wrong authors hands, it s even difficult to just go through a day in reverse Great material for future Sci Fi works, be it time travel, different quickly passing time for protagonists, time bubbles, time dealers, thieves, magicians, hard to list all novels containing elements of it.Just like Pratchett, Adams has so much hidden under this allegedly trivial reading fun that one could write a thesis about the many implications his work is revealing I would be very interested to know what Adams read as a kid and during his life and what inspired him to use Sci Fi tropes in such a unique manner nobody else before did.Tropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres unique


  4. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    Arthur Dent finds himself living alone on prehistoric Earth, in a cold, damp cave His friend Ford Prefect, bored, has wandered off early without saying a word, to Africa, Arthur learns later The duo time travelers are here not voluntarily, and have tried to adjust, the whole gang s been scattered all through the Galaxy not a fun situation Marvin, the depressed but amusing robot, has conversations with a talking mattress in a strange planet, Trillian, at a party that never ends and Zaphod Beeb Arthur Dent finds himself living alone on prehistoric Earth, in a cold, damp cave His friend Ford Prefect, bored, has wandered off early without saying a word, to Africa, Arthur learns later The duo time travelers are here not voluntarily, and have tried to adjust, the whole gang s been scattered all through the Galaxy not a fun situation Marvin, the depressed but amusing robot, has conversations with a talking mattress in a strange planet, Trillian, at a party that never ends and Zaphod Beeblebrox, is sulking on the Heart of Gold, his spaceship almost, he borrowed it a lonely man Never too well does Mr.Dent live, he s no great farmer, or hunter not even very brave Scraping just enough food, to survive in this alien world, yes, it s good old Terra, but to the Englishman might as well be Mars, and speaking to trees to keep from becoming, insane The only excitement, in the five stranded years here, or four came after a couple of trips around the Sun, sometime ago A spaceship landed in front of Arthur s dull cave, and coming down the ramp a tall gray green alien stranger said, You re a jerk , Dent The flabbergasted Arthur, mumbled some incoherent noises which should have been words, before the alien went up the ramp again and left as quickly as he arrived This mysterious creature is an immortal, so lacking in things to do he has devised an activity, maybe not the most worthwhile he himself acknowledges, and quite impossible also To go and visit everyone in the Universe and insult them, a man can dream can t he Don t hate Mr Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged, every man wants a hobby to keep busy At last Prefect returns from Africa, and tells the caveman about his bloody adventures there,importantly of instability in the fabric of Space Time, as a sofa magically appears and disappears, before their eyes Ford Prefect says to Dent, for their salvation go after it , running wildly down the hill the two, jump, fall, roll , trying to capture the piece of furniture as it gyrates, fades in and out always moving up and down At last jumping on the sofa and presto, their back home immediately inside Slartibartfast Ironically, the old retired planet builder s spaceship but first landing on a cricket match, in London , only to discover the Planet Krikkit, wants to destroy the whole Universe, againouch.They must prevent them somehow but how It seems the unfortunate inhabitants of this sad world at the edge of the galaxy, have the worst night sky anywhere Blackness, no stars or other planets, even moons, they lack nothing to see, a complete, gloomy, tedious darkness A gigantic space cloud precludes any view, not a fun place for stargazing Which really ticks them off, you can imagine A previous war just ten billion years before, had devastated the galaxy, thousands of warships, millions of killer white robots sent by Krikkit before it was stopped, not a very glorious conflict The sequel could succeed in their deadly mission, such is the universe The five friends need to get together again, very soon indeedThey require each other s company


  5. R.K. Gold R.K. Gold says:

    Brilliantly brilliant discussing brilliant things lol the kind of book that you can t read wrong While the characters haven t changed too much it sabout throwing them in the wildest scenarios and watching how their differing personalities interact, the questions they re asking are getting better.What makes this series stand out is the strength of the narrator The narrator is incredibly prominent and steals the show most of the time What makes this book so enjoyable are not the actions t Brilliantly brilliant discussing brilliant things lol the kind of book that you can t read wrong While the characters haven t changed too much it sabout throwing them in the wildest scenarios and watching how their differing personalities interact, the questions they re asking are getting better.What makes this series stand out is the strength of the narrator The narrator is incredibly prominent and steals the show most of the time What makes this book so enjoyable are not the actions taken by the characters but the perception of their actions by the narrator.The random thoughts always tie back into the narrative and the adventures continue to growand wilder Poor Arthur lolOh also flight Sorry for the lack of punctuation I just had a lot of thoughts and no structure


  6. Algernon (Darth Anyan) Algernon (Darth Anyan) says:

    Another world, another day, another dawn.The early morning s thinnest sliver of light appeared silently Several billion trillion tons of superhot exploding hydrogen nuclei rose slowly above the horizon and managed to look small, cold and slightly damp.There is a moment in every dawn when light floats, there is the possibility of magic Creation holds its breath. and then a voice from above utters the words You re a jerk, Dent Arthur Dent has every reason to be both puzzled and angry atAnother world, another day, another dawn.The early morning s thinnest sliver of light appeared silently Several billion trillion tons of superhot exploding hydrogen nuclei rose slowly above the horizon and managed to look small, cold and slightly damp.There is a moment in every dawn when light floats, there is the possibility of magic Creation holds its breath. and then a voice from above utters the words You re a jerk, Dent Arthur Dent has every reason to be both puzzled and angry at the blue skinned alien called Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged who came over the aeons only to insult him In the previous two volume the hitchhiking Earthman served as a sort of lightning rod, attracting all sort of explosive troubles on his headHe was stranded on prehistoric earth as the result of a complex sequence of events that had involved his being alternately blown up and insulted inbizarre regions of the Galaxy than he had ever dreamed existed, and though life has now turned very, very, very quiet, he was still feeling jumpy.He hadn t been blown up now for five years Arthur Dent should actually rejoice at the respite he gets and at being back on his previously annihilated planet, but prehistoric times had very little to offer in the entertaining department His melancholic mood is lyrically captured by an author who isfamous for his comedy chopsIn the end, it was the Sunday afternoons he couldn t cope with, and that terrible listlessness that starts to set in at about 2 55, when you know you ve taken all the baths you can usefully take that day, that however hard you stare at any given paragraph in the newspaper you will never actually read it, or use the revolutionary new pruning technique it describes, and that you stare at the clock the hands will move relentlessly on to four o clock, and you will enter the long dark teatime of the soulview spoiler the passage is referring to the troubles with immortality that Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged is experiencing, but for me it has an universal resonance with regard to my own empty and dark weekends with nothing to do hide spoiler Escape comes in the unusual form of a galloping Chesterfield sofa, but readers familiar with the style of Douglas Adams already know to be prepared for the unexpected and to always have a towel handy before they embark on a new adventure Arthur Dent and his companion in exile Ford Perfect should also becareful what they wish for, because times are about to get interesting and the boredom of prehistoric times will be sorely missed an old friend, a planet designer specialising in shaping fjords, has need of their assistance for nothing less than the saving of the UniverseDeep in the fundamental heart of mind and Universe, said Slartibartfast, there is a reason Ford glanced sharply around He clearly thought this was taking an optimistic view of things Where are we going We are going to confront an ancient nightmare of the Universe And where are you going to drop us off I will need your help A curse has arisen from the mists of time A curse which will engulf the Galaxy in fire and destruction, and possibly bring the Universe to a premature doom I mean it, he added Sounds like a bad time, said Ford with luck I ll be drunk enough not to notice My doctor says that I have a malformed public duty gland and a natural defficiency in moral fiber, and that I am therefore excused from saving Universes Move over, Mr Flash Gordon Arthur Dent is taking over the role of saviour of the Universe and the quest starts right here on Earth after alittle time travel on the Bistromathic spaceship when alien war robots from the planet Krikkit are stealing a piece of junk from the middle of a sports field For many readers, a piece of burned wood from Melbourne, Australia in the year 1882 would mean nothing, to others it is a holy relic of national pride For Slartibartfast and his unwilling heroes, it is an artefact of ancient power and evilThe game you know as cricket is just one of those curious freaks of racial memory that can keep images alive in the mind aeons after their true significance has been lost in the mists of time Of all the races of the Galaxy, only the English could possibly revive the memory of the most horrific wars ever to sunder the Universe and transform it into what I am afraid is generally regarded as an incomprehensibly dull and pointless gameand so the journey into danger and adventure begins anew, with only a towel and a small tourist guide in my pockets, ready to witness the neverending wonders of the Universe.Wheeee Sign me in for the trip, Mr Adams Each episode is better than the previous one for me, and I am in awe at the inventivity of the setting, the satirical sharpness of the sketches, the all embracing and gentle acceptance of our human condition in a cold and hostile Universe So fasten your seatbelts folks, relax and have an enormously long lunch break view spoiler Lunch breaks are apparently the secret of succes in business that all the big megacorporations are keeping mum aboutHurling Frootmig, it is said, founded the Guide, established its fundamental principles of honesty and idealism and went bustHurling only recovered when a friendly tip revealed to him the power of the mighty Lunch Break hide spoiler Riding in a ship powered by advanced mathematics theoriesThe Bistromathic Drive is a wonderful new method of crossing vast interstellar distances without all that dangerous mucking about with Improbability Factors The most extraordinary thing about it was that it looked only partly like a spaceship with guidance fins, rocket engines and escape hatches and so on, and a great deal like a small, upended Italian bistro, a ship made invisible by a force field called Somebody Else s Problem , Arthur and his friends will guide my eyes towards the absurdity of war, making fun I suspect of some of my favorite epic fantasies series in the vein of J R R TolkienThe Silastic Armorfiends of Striterax were engaged in one of their regular wars with the Strenuous Garfighters of Stug, and were not enjoying it as much as usual because it involved and awful lot of trekking through the Radiation Swamps of Cwulzenda and across the Fire Mountains of Frazfraga, neither of which terrains they felt at home in.So when the Strangulous Stillettans of Jajazikstak joined in the fray and forced them to fight another front in the Gamma Caves of Carfrax and the Ice storms on Varlengooten, they decided that enough was enough, and they ordered Hactar to design for them an Ultimate Weapon What do you mean, asked Hactar, by Ultimate To which the Silastic Armorfiends of Striterax said, Read a bloody dictionary, and plunged back into the fray Later on I get a chance to take part in the Ultimate Party to end all parties, a millenia long bash on a floating hotel that attracts the Galactic jet set while making the host planet a wasteland through unbridled consumption and pollution Sounds familiar The Romans are reputed to say Aftee us, the Flood and thinks apparently are unchanged in the future Pro Tip if you happen to get an invite don t use the word BelgiumBelgium, exclaimed Arthur.A drunken seven toed sloth staggered past, gawked at the word and threw itself backward at a blurry eyed pterodactyl, roaring with displeasure In between saving the Universe from its latest Ultimate Weapon of Total Annihilation, we might spent a moment on the issue of truth, as in shutting down the voices of reason and moderationWhen it became clear what was happening, and as it became clear that Prak could not be stopped, that here was truth in its absolute and final form, the court was cleared.Not only cleared, it was sealed up, with Prak still in it Steel walls were erected around it, and, just to be on the safe side, barbed wire, electric fences, crocodile swamps and three major armies were installed, so that no one would ever have to hear Prak speak What exactly did this man Prak know that was so dangerous to the establishement Was he another Snowden shouting to the world that the emperor has no clothes on We might never knowthan the fact that it has something to do with frogs, because when Prak lays eyes on Arthur Dent mayhem issuesHe howled and screamed with laughter He fell over backward onto the bench He hollered and yelled in hysterics He cried with laughter, kicked his legs in the air, he beat his chest Gradually he subsided, panting He looked at them He looked at Arthur He fell back again howling with laughter Eventually he fell asleep In the end, laughter may be the best weapon we have at our disposal against the tyranny of people and the tyranny of time Without a sense of humour life, the universe and everything are pointless and utterly depressing The final scene is for me essential and relevant, but I think I d better put it in a spoiler bracket view spoiler Arthur Dent learns how to fly in this episode, he soars high above the petty worries of ordinary existence, and with the help of the Babel Fish he can even learn the language of birds Are they the ultimate poets of flight or whatUnfortunately, he discovered, once you have learned birdspeak you quickly come to realise that the air is full of it the whole time, just inane bird chatter There is no getting away from it.For that reason Arthur eventually gave up the sport and learned to live on the ground and love it, despite the inane chatter he heard down there as well Thank you again, Mr Douglas, for the wisdom to accept the world as it is and for urging me to laugh on my way to the gallows to the tune of the Monty Python s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life hide spoiler An earlier passage is evenevocative for me of the unexpected depths of feeling underlining the hilarity and the sillyness of the expeditionIt seemed to him that the atoms of his brain and the atoms of the cosmos were streaming through each other It seemed to him that he was blown on the wind of the Universe, and that the wind was him It seemed to him that he was one of the thoughts of the Universe and that the Universe was a thought of his I hope I will find time for the next episode of the Hitchhker s Guide soon In the meantime I will let Marvin The Paranoid Android serenade you to sleepNow the world has gone to bed,Darkness won t engulf my head,I can see in infrared,How I hate the night.Now I lay me down to sleep,Try to count electric sheep.Sweet dreams wishes you can keep,How I hate the night


  7. Ben Ben says:

    A series losing steam, and it s a real shame given the potential of the first two books both fun, quick reads This title is less focused on the sci fi and philosophical underpinnings of the first two books Instead, Adams here maintains sequences that hinge on bizarre chains of events and silly, ponderous exchanges between characters who have less and less of an idea as to what exactly is happening around them These felt a long 200 pages indeed.The bon mots and clever passages are fewer and A series losing steam, and it s a real shame given the potential of the first two books both fun, quick reads This title is less focused on the sci fi and philosophical underpinnings of the first two books Instead, Adams here maintains sequences that hinge on bizarre chains of events and silly, ponderous exchanges between characters who have less and less of an idea as to what exactly is happening around them These felt a long 200 pages indeed.The bon mots and clever passages are fewer and further between than the previous two installments In fact, much of this book is rather uninspired and infuriating the Krikkit robots, the Bistromathematics, the reincarnations of the hapless multiple murder victim Agrajag none of the set pieces gave methan a brief chuckle Much of what aims to pass for characteristic Adams whimsy feels perfunctory, and the string of coincidences that form the crux of the plot are truly slapdash.The highlights for me here are Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged s perpetual misanthropy and what amounts to the only real meat of the book the story of the reason why the ultimate question and answer of the universe are putatively mutually exclusive Thus leading to So Long and Thanks for All the Fish But nothing here matches the humor of, for instance, the truly inspired chapter containing the Hitchhiker s Guide s entry on The Universe in Restaurant at the End of the Universe.When Adams is working with less inspired ideas, his inability to write characters as anything but vehicles for punchlines and guttural confusions is trying Vonnegut, while a weak painter of convincing personalities, instills a sense of humanity and pathos in the proceedings that eludes Adams Some sense of feeling and sympathy, perhaps, plays foil to the general absurdity of exposition and content in Vonnegut This is why he s a better read if you re comparing the two as I feel prone to do, and one of several reasons I m not too concerned with making it through last installments in this series.All of that being said, I have to say that the ending is pretty simpatico with me Maybe Adams should have left it all at that


  8. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Life, the Universe and Everything Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, 3 , Douglas AdamsAfter being stranded on pre historic Earth after the events in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Arthur Dent is met by his old friend Ford Prefect, who drags him into a space time eddy, represented by an anachronistic sofa The two end up at Lord s Cricket Ground two days before the Earth s destruction by the Vogons Shortly after they arrive, a squad of robots land in a spaceship in the middle of the Life, the Universe and Everything Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, 3 , Douglas AdamsAfter being stranded on pre historic Earth after the events in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Arthur Dent is met by his old friend Ford Prefect, who drags him into a space time eddy, represented by an anachronistic sofa The two end up at Lord s Cricket Ground two days before the Earth s destruction by the Vogons Shortly after they arrive, a squad of robots land in a spaceship in the middle of the field and attack the assembled crowd, stealing The Ashes before departing Another spaceship arrives, the Starship Bistromath, helmed by Slartibartfast a character in The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy , who discovers he is too late and requests Arthur and Ford s help 2019 1397 222 9786002297556 19781979 1979 1992 2001 2009


  9. Bradley Bradley says:

    In a lot of ways, this book is a lot better than Restaurant at the End of the Universe simply because it has a lotregular plot action and better defined enemies despite all the Timey Wimey stuff that comes necessarily with being a hitchhiker.Things I ve learned Arthur Dent is a mass murderer Or a slightly scattered universal sequential murderer Or maybe he s just tactless.Cricket, or rather, the planet Krikkit is full of a bunch of a holes.And I ve also learned that I REALLY, REALLY don In a lot of ways, this book is a lot better than Restaurant at the End of the Universe simply because it has a lotregular plot action and better defined enemies despite all the Timey Wimey stuff that comes necessarily with being a hitchhiker.Things I ve learned Arthur Dent is a mass murderer Or a slightly scattered universal sequential murderer Or maybe he s just tactless.Cricket, or rather, the planet Krikkit is full of a bunch of a holes.And I ve also learned that I REALLY, REALLY don t want to know the truth.Which is, when you think about it, completely absurd since I m going to keep reading the series, and it is filled with NOTHING BUT THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH.On a side note, I do want to mention that I teared up a little bit when I learned how to fly Again And I mean not the teary eyed kind that comes from cooking some onions with olive oil, but tears of sheer amazement that I ve always been flying wrong And to think that walking was just a bastard version of the same thing put one foot forward, fall, and fail to hit the ground Huh Amazing


  10. Manny Manny says:

    People may have noticed that I ve recently become very interested in theories of physics which involve multiple universes I ve spent a fair amount of time over the last few weeks reading about them and discussing the ideas.Since it s buried in one of my other reviews, let me present my conclusions explicitly To my surprise, I discover that there is a great deal of evidence to support the claim that we are only one of many universes, and, over, that we know what these other universes are T People may have noticed that I ve recently become very interested in theories of physics which involve multiple universes I ve spent a fair amount of time over the last few weeks reading about them and discussing the ideas.Since it s buried in one of my other reviews, let me present my conclusions explicitly To my surprise, I discover that there is a great deal of evidence to support the claim that we are only one of many universes, and, over, that we know what these other universes are The theory isn t particularly flaky or speculative Or, to beexact, there is an abundance of flaky and speculative theories, but there is also one which is rooted in mainstream science and already comes close to explaining Life, the Universe and Everything The idea is simple There is a way of looking at quantum mechanics the so called Many Worlds Interpretation which, roughly, means that everything which might have happened actually did happen in some alternate universe These alternate universes are as just real as ours Now, one s first reaction to this ought to be that it s nonsense, or at best nothan playing with words It s easy to say that what might have been is real, but does that actually mean anything Well, it turns out there is a strong argument which supports the claim that many universes exist When you look at the different physical constants things like the strength of gravity, the strength of the electromagnetic force, the relative masses of the proton and the electron, and so on a weird pattern emerges There is no known reason why any of these constants should have the values they possess They appear to be arbitrary numbers But, if these numbers were even slightly different, life would be completely impossible The most straightforward way to explain this fact is to suppose that there are many universes, with many different settings for the constants we happen to live in one of the very few universes where the numbers came out right for life to happen This argument is presented in detail in Martin Rees s Before the Beginning.Next, let s look at the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics MWI Everyone who reads SF novels has heard of this, but I had always dismissed it as a fringe theory with little credibility I was surprised to learn from Brian Greene s The Hidden Reality that the MWI has steadily been gaining ground over the last 30 years, and is now considered completely respectable As Greene explains, everyone agrees on the mathematical theory behind quantum mechanics, the Schr dinger equation People know how to do the calculations, and these calculations work spectacularly well The disagreement is about what the equations actually mean Greene, and other people you can easily find on the Web, say that the MWI is in fact the simplest and most natural way to give intuitive significance to the mathematics of quantum physics the traditional Copenhagen interpretation due to Niels Bohr and his colleagues is close to mysticism when you try to pin it down, since it makes the human observer an integral part of physics Quantum physicists are sufficiently uneasy about the choices that the most popular approach is not to ascribe any meaning to the mathematics, but just perform the calculations without asking what they refer to This is evidently an unusual way to do science.To summarize, the most natural way to interpret our mainstream scientific theory is to say that there are many alternate universes The physical evidence also suggests that there are many alternate universes If the notion weren t so startling, one would just conclude that, since theory and experiment coincide, there must be many alternate universes There are plenty of loose ends to tie up, and you can question the logic in several places Robert has done a good job of presenting the case for the defense in the comment thread to my Greene review I still can t quite bring myself to believe it emotionally, but theI think about it, thesense it makes The other explanations are evenfar fetched as Sherlock Holmes says, once you ve eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be true Check it out for yourself and see if you agree.___________________________________Looking around for material on the Many Worlds Interpretation, I found a paper by Max Tegmark where the following interesting passage appears Is there any experiment that could distinguish between the MWI and the Copenhagen interpretation using currently available technology The author can only think of one a form of quantum suicide in a spirit similar to so called quantum roulette It requires quite a dedicated experimentalist, since it is amounts to an iterated and faster version of Schr dinger s cat experiment with you as the cat.The apparatus is a quantum gun which each time its trigger is pulled measures the z spin of a particle It is connected to a machine gun that fires a single bullet if the result is down and merely makes an audible click if the result is up The details of the trigger mechanism are irrelevant an experiment with photons and a half silvered mirror would probably be cheaper to implement as long as the timescale between the quantum bit generation and the actual firing is much shorter than that characteristic of human perception, say 0.01 seconds The experimenter first places a sand bag in front of the gun and tells her assistant to pull the trigger ten times Everyone agrees that the shut up and calculate prescription applies here, and predict that she will hear a seemingly random sequence of shots and duds such as bang click bang bang bang click clickbang click click She now instructs her assistant to pull the trigger tentimes and places her head in front of the gun barrel This time the shut up and calculate recipe is inapplicable, since probabilities have no meaning for an observer in the dead state, and the contenders will differ in their predictions In interpretations where there is an explicit non unitary collapse, she will be either dead or alive after the first trigger event, so she should expect to perceive perhaps a click or two if she is moderately lucky , then game over , nothing at all.In the MWI, on the other hand, the state after the first trigger event is Since there is exactly one observer having perceptions both before and after the trigger event, and since it occurred too fast to notice, the MWI prediction is that the experimenter will hear click with 100% certainty When her assistant has completed his unenviable assignment, she will have heard ten clicks, and concluded that collapse interpretations of quantum mechanics are ruled out at a confidence level of 99.9% If she wants to rule them out at ten sigma , she need merely increase n by continuing the experiment a while longer Occasionally, to verify that the apparatus is working, she can move her head away from the gun and suddenly hear it going off intermittently Note, however, that almost all terms in the final superposition will have her assistant perceiving that he has killed his boss Many physicists would undoubtedly rejoice if an omniscient genie appeared at their death bed, and as a reward for life long curiosity granted them the answer to a physics question of their choice But would they be as happy if the genie forbade them from telling anybody else Perhaps the greatest irony of quantum mechanics is that if the MWI is correct, then the situation is quite analogous if, once you feel ready to die, you repeatedly attempt quantum suicide you will experimentally convince yourself that the MWI is correct, but you can never convince anyone else But is Tegmark really correct in saying that the experimenter would not convince anyone else of the correctness of the MWI Imagine that you are the assistant in the universe where the experimenter succeeds in cheating death 100 times in a row, after having explained what she is about to do I, at least, would find this convincing I wouldn t be able to repeat the experiment only the person risking their life can do that , but it would still seem way too strange to ascribe to pure chance.It seems to me that the argument about lucky settings in the physical constants making life possible is related to Tegmark s thought experiment with the quantum gun We have all been the beneficiaries of, in effect, a long string of clicks, as opposed to bullets The question is whether this is good evidence of the existence of other quantum worlds I can see that opinions are divided ___________________________________So I was chatting with a CERN physicist today imagine other people peacefully knitting in the background , and I took the opportunity to ask him why the picture I describe above isn t the standard one Well, it isor less the standard one he said At least among cosmologists In that case I began, but he cut me short However, it s not the standard picture among theoretical particle physicists, he continued And for experimental particle physicists, it s a yet another picture But if they all know they have different pictures of what s happening, why don t they discuss it until they ve agreed which is right I asked helplessly.That CERN shrug again It s starting to look familiar


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Life, the Universe and Everything ❮Read❯ ➲ Life, the Universe and Everything ➵ Author Douglas Adams – Thomashillier.co.uk The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads so they plan to destroy it The universe, that is Now only five individuals stand between the killer rob The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit Universe and ePUB ↠ are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads so they plan to destroy it The universe, that is Now only five individuals stand between the killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilationThey are Arthur Dent, a mild mannered space and time traveler who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and Life, the Kindle - missing Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it Slartibartfast, the indomitable vice president of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two headed, three armed ex president of the galazy and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed BeeblebroxHow will the Universe and PDF/EPUB Á it all end Will it end Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert universal Armageddon and save life as we know it and don t know it.

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About the Author: Douglas Adams

Douglas No l Adams was an Universe and ePUB ↠ English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician He is best known as the author of theHitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxyseries Hitchhiker s began on radio, and developed into a trilogy of five books which soldthan fifteen million copies during his lifetime as well as a television series, a comic book series, a computer game, and a feature film that was completed Life, the Kindle - after Adams death The series has also been adapted for live theatre using various scripts the earliest such productions used material newly written by Adams He was known to some fans as Bop Ad after his illegible signature , or by his initials DNAIn addition to The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams wrote or co wrote three stories of the science fiction television series Doctor Who the Universe and PDF/EPUB Á and served as Script Editor during the seventeenth season His other written works include the Dirk Gently novels, and he co wrote two Liff books and Last Chance to See, itself based on a radio series Adams also originated the idea for the computer game Starship Titanic, which was produced by a company that Adams co founded, and adapted into a novel by Terry Jones A posthumous collection of essays and other material, including an incomplete novel, was published asThe Salmon of Doubtin His fans and friends also knew Adams as an environmental activist and a lover of fast cars, cameras, the Macintosh computer, and other techno gizmos Toward the end of his life he was a sought after lecturer on topics including technology and the environment.