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Originally posted by Matrix Rising
reply to post by EnlightenUp
Again, you're trying to introduce "collapse" where there isn't any.
You're now trying to say superposition isn't real, just some hazy state between branching. That makes no sense and that's not what the experiment showed.
The experiment showed that the macroscopic object was in two states at the same time, not in some hazy superposition before branching. Decoherence doesn't cause the branching, decoherence just says the branching is thermodynamically irreversable.
So the state of superposition and parallel universes are the same thing. It's just the superposition becomes parallel after the event has occurred because of decoherence. This just means you are blinded to any interference between these states when branching occurs.
There's not enough computational power in a single universe to compute the superposition of macroscopic objects.
Superposition occurs on a microscopic level, this is why you can't see the superposition of macroscopic objects as you walk around everyday.
Using all of this (and more – see their paper here) Linde and Vanchurin calculate that the number of universes in the multiverse and could be at least 10^10^10^7, a number which is definitely "humungous," as they described it.
The total amount of information that can be absorbed by one individual during a lifetime is about 10^16 bits. So a typical human brain can have 10^10^16 configurations and so could never distinguish more than that number of different universes.
"We have found that the strongest limit on the number of different locally distinguishable geometries is determined mostly by our abilities to distinguish between different universes and to remember our results," wrote Linde and Vanchurin. "Potentially it may become very important that when we analyze the probability of existencse of a universe of a given type, we should be talking about a consistent pair: the universe and an observer who makes the rest of the universe "alive" and the wave function of the rest of the universe time-dependant."
What the? The experiment was observing the superposition of two states.
Next, the team measured the quantum state of the resonator by connecting it electrically to a superconducting quantum bit or "qubit". The qubit acts, in fact, like a "quantum thermometer" that can identify just one quantum thermal excitation, or phonon. Once this has been done, the qubit can then be used to excite a single phonon in the resonator. This excitation can be transferred many times between the resonator and qubit.
"Unlike other measuring instruments, [the qubit] allowed us to measure the mechanical resonator while preserving all quantum effects," Cleland told physicsworld.com. "Most measuring instruments disturb the mechanical object by heating it up, and so destroy the very quantum effects being sought."
Originally posted by Matrix Rising
reply to post by EnlightenUp
The experimenters measured the superposition via the qubit and the experimenters could listen in so to speak as long as the resonator doesn't know they are there.
As soon as they "Observe" it all quantum effects are lost.
This is because superposition of macroscopic objects can't occur in a single universe.
There isn't the computational power to calculate all of these states in a single universe.
So we can detect superposition but we can't observe it. This is MWI.