On 12/16/2012 06:43 PM, Michael Press wrote: > In article<firstname.lastname@example.org>, > Herman Rubin<email@example.com> wrote: > >> On 2012-12-15, Michael Press<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >>> In article<OjcVDZPLshyQFw5g@invalid.uk.co.demon.merlyn.invalid>, >>> Dr J R Stockton<email@example.com> wrote: >> >>>> In sci.math message<rubrum-471E53.firstname.lastname@example.org>, >>>> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:46:23, Michael Press<email@example.com> posted: >> >> >>>>> I do not see how quantum effects can be used to generate >>>>> random sequences. >> >>>> Radioactive decay is due to quantum effects, and there is a fixed >>>> probability for each atom to decay in the next time interval. >> >>> From what does the unpredictability of radioactive decay arise? >> >> From the assumption that the atoms decay in a random manner. This >> gives unpredictability. The other quantum assumptions say that >> the decays of the various atoms are independent, and that the >> decay is at an exponential rate. >> >> The msin assumption in this is that the probability that an >> atom which has not decayed by time T will still have a probability >> of decay between T and U which is independent of anything which has >> happened before time T, and only depends on U-T. > > I am asking for the basis of the unpredictability > in physical theory. Assuming it is random is to > beg the question. > > I hold that the wave theory of matter does not > predict random occurrences. >
Each particle has a ghost controlling it in a pseudo-random manner based on the base 2 expansion of Pi. But we will never be able to show that.