from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- abbr. quartermaster
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. or
- n. An abbreviation of quartermaster-general.
- In psychophysics, an abbreviation of quotient mixture limen.
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With regards to the consciousness in QM issue, I also wonder about just how conscious you have to be to count as a consciousness for QM.
What have those who advocate consciousness in QM done to investigate this issue (and the issue of what counts as consciousness is a huge issue, I would say).
Their acknowledgment of how consciousness relates to QM is expressly lacking commitment.
Computers have to be designed such that the randomness of QM is limited and suppressed.
The question of the Bell inequality is to determine whether our intuitive notions of "random" exist in QM, and indeed they do.
Nano-molecular computers are even more vulnerable to noise from quantum processes, so it takes work to negate the fact QM is not always amenable to the computations we wish to carry out.
If we treat the universe as some massive computer with all the quantum systems as bits, then yes, we can say QM is algorthimic in that sense, but not in the sense that the algorithm is accessible to us.
The guys in the Quantum Computing Lab are going to be sorry to hear that QM is "non-algorithmic" or "non-computable."
The definition of "random" in QM suggest the inability, given identical boundary conditions, to get identical outcomes in some measurements.
Penrose knows that QM is non-algorithmic because he knows nature is inherently non-algorithmic.