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24 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 19 April 2008 04:55AM

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Comment author: Tom_McCabe2 19 April 2008 02:51:35PM 3 points [-]

"If you furthermore had any thoughts about a particular "helium atom" being a factor in a subspace of an amplitude distribution that happens to factorize that way,"

If a helium atom is just an accidential, temporary factorization of an amplitude distribution, then why does it keep appearing over and over again when we look at the universe? If you throw a thousand electrons together, let them interact, zap them with laser radiation, etc., etc., at the end of the day you will still see a bunch of electrons with 511 keV rest mass and -1 charge. Why does the universe so carefully conserve these particular bundles of amplitude, with only one exception that I am aware of (annihilation by positrons), while other bundles of amplitude never exist at all (eg., a particle with 360 keV rest mass, or a particle with 7/2 charge).