The Simple Quantum Suicide and Immortality Paradox

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The Quantum Suicide and Immortality Paradox is a paradox involving quantum mechanics which is said allow immortality in a human being. The science behind thought experiment and quantum mechanics is far from simple, but real-life examples can be used to easier explain such a paradox. The theory was first introduced by Hans Moravec, an Austrian scientist and Stanford Graduate, in 1987. His idea came from applying the Everett Many-Worlds Interpretation to a situation that involved immortality. The Everett Many-Worlds Interpretation is a theory from scientist Hugh Everett in 1957. He popularized the idea of parallel and splitting universes, by claiming that every time a decision by any one human is made on Earth, the universe splits into two different new universes, one where one decision was made, and one where the other was made. The field Quantum Mechanics is highly theory based, due to observation of particles being near impossible. This is because every time a particle is observed, it is effected, rendering it different than what it meant to observed at. So, here is how how a few things work:

  • According to Everett Many-Worlds Theory, universes can only be observed by a living human being.
  • Therefore, any universe in which a human is not living, is not observed by that human.

With these properties in mind, this is how to achieve immortality by testing laws of Quantum Mechanics: Imagine flipping a coin. Heads or Tails. Every time the coin flips on tails, you will unconditionally and certainly be shot fatally in the head and die. According to this theory, the coin will land heads every time. Here’s why:

  • Since the Everett Many-Worlds Theory states that the universe is split into two different outcome universes, the universe would split into two: a heads outcome and tails outcome, or a living and dying outcome.
  • Furthermore, because the theory also says that universes can only be observed by a living human being, only universes that would result in you living would be observed.
  • This can be applied to any life situation where a decision or made that may or may not lead to death, in which death is always avoided.

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