Description: Elmer Eisner was a geophysicist working for Texaco in Houston, TX. Here he is responding to the published versions of Hugh Everett's short thesis and Wheeler's commentary. His idea seems to be that one cannot distinguish between intentional measurements made by some observer and other, "spontaneous" measurements. Although the formalism and language are not yet in place, this letter prefigures some later discussion on decoherence, insofar as Eisner is beginning to think about the role that spurious correlations with the environment can affect the evolution of the universal wave function. Unfortunately, we do not have John Wheeler's "off-hand" response to Eisner, nor do we know if Everett wrote anything as Wheeler requested.
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