Saying 'we really did observe them' is a lot less simple than saying 'they
exist'. Jacques and I agree, I think, that Occam is against you here.
James

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Russell Standish [SMTP:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: Thursday, 04 May, 2000 2:19 AM
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> Subject:      Re: this very moment
> 
> Jacques Mallah wrote:
> > 
> > --- Russell Standish <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > > There needs to be psychological time in which to
> > > unravel the history embedded in a single observer
> > > moment. Once one has psychological time, one may as
> > > well go the whole hog and have a complete history,
> > > with an infinite number of observer moments.
> > > 
> > > Its an Occam thing. Nothing rules out a "Groundhog
> > > Day" type of effect, where we endlessly keep playing
> > > back a small piece of history (eg 1 day, or even 10
> > > seconds if you like), however I suspect this is
> > > a more complicated explanation (therefore of smaller
> > > measure) than just assuming that we live our whole
> > > lives.
> > 
> >     You were doing fine until that little word "we". 
> 
> I'm not sure what your point is here. It doesn't seem to relate to
> your following comment.
> 
> > Other obsever-moments exist, but there's no reason to
> > insist that the ones that seem psychologically to be
> > in our past or future are really "the same person".
> 
> Identity is based on recognition. If we recognise these other
> observer-moments as belonging to us, then surely the simplest
> explanation is that we really did observe them. I grant that it is
> logically possible for us _not_ to have experienced them - perhaps
> they were experienced by others, and implanted in our brains by aliens.
> 
> >     
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