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Comment: Re:One question (Score 1) 125

by barlevg (#47432019) Attached to: Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again
For 18 months you take your infant to a doctor who pumps her full of drugs, which, while curing her of a terrible disease, gives her horrible side-effects. Then the doctors tell you they think she's cured, but that they want to continue the debilitating drug regimen "just to be sure." Is it really so irrational to say, "No, screw that. My daughter's better now. No need to subject my baby to all this continual agony"? Not saying this is what happened, but since you don't know the specifics and circumstances any better than I do, how about we just forego judgement on this woman?

Comment: Re:95 years but (Score 1) 120

by barlevg (#47129007) Attached to: Happy 95th Anniversary, Relativity
There's no fixed limit--the double-slit experiment has been run on gold particles, I know, I think I heard of it even being performed on DNA molecules. It's not about the size, it's about the act of measurement. However, I've gotten responses in the other place I posted this comment that are basically along the lines of, "there's a certain class of detectors that will entangle with the system rather than collapse it." If that's the case, then the Schrodinger's Cat problem becomes a practical one (it's impossible to truly isolate the cat from the outside world) than the fundamental one I've described.

Comment: Re:This research should receive enormous funding. (Score 1) 202

by barlevg (#47128863) Attached to: Scientists Find Method To Reliably Teleport Data

made out of quantum particles!

Everything is made out of quantum particles, so this is rather a moronic reply. That being said, I'm quite satisfied with the "entanglement" arguments made by others (the photon detector needn't decohere/collapse the waveform--it could simply entangle with it, in which case, if you really did have a box with a cat completely isolated from the outside universe, then the paradox would still hold). I probably won't be making this response in the future, or at least not without the caveat of "from a practical perspective" or "I prefer Bohr's resolution to the paradox wherein..."

A method of solution is perfect if we can forsee from the start, and even prove, that following that method we shall attain our aim. -- Leibnitz