And, subordinate to those three, the point that Occam's Razor applies to code not RAM (so to speak). Worth mentioning since I think that's the part that went over shminux's head.

I think the supposed Occamian benefit is overstated. E.g., the transactional interpretation has an Occamian benefit in that you don't asymmetrically reject advanced wave solutions to Maxwell's equations, and yet I don't see anyone telling me that therefore the T.I. is obviously correct. Mirror matter: predicted by fundamental-ness of supersymmetry, Occamian benefit, still highly... (read more)

I think the supposed Occamian benefit is overstated.

To clarify, do you mean that Eliezer overstated the degree to which the RAM vs code simplicity point applies to this specific physics example, or that Eliezer overstated the principle itself? I'm more inclined to accept the former than the latter.

7Mitchell_Porter8yMirror matter comes from "N=2" supersymmetry, where along with the usual particle and its superpartner, you have a mirror partner for both of those. Ordinary "N=1" supersymmetry doesn't have the mirrors. N=2 supersymmetry is of major interest mathematically, but it's difficult to get the standard model from an N=2 theory. But if you did, the mirror matter might be the dark matter. It's in my top ten of cool possibilities, but I can't say it's favored by Occam.

How accurate is the quantum physics sequence?

by Paul Crowley 1 min read17th Apr 201268 comments


Prompted by Mitchell Porter, I asked on Physics StackExchange about the accuracy of the physics in the Quantum Physics sequence:

What errors would one learn from Eliezer Yudkowsky's introduction to quantum physics?

Eliezer Yudkowsky wrote an introduction to quantum physics from a strictly realist standpoint. However, he has no qualifications in the subject and it is not his specialty. Does it paint an accurate picture overall? What mistaken ideas about QM might someone who read only this introduction come away with?

I've had some interesting answers so far, including one from a friend that seems to point up a definite error, though AFAICT not a very consequential one: in Configurations and Amplitude, a multiplication factor of i is used for the mirrors where -1 is correct.

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