> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jacques Mallah [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> >From: Russell Standish <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> >I suspect you are trying to find ways of making QTI compatible with
> >Jacques ASSA based argument, when it is clear his argument fails
> >completely. Not that the argument is unimportant, as the reasons for
> >the failure are also interesting.
> What the hell are you babbling about?
I don't know whether he's thinking about my objections to the SSA argument, but mine
certainly *appear* to undermine it (at least I
haven't yet heard a good reason why they don't). Briefly, (1) the SSA argument
neglects the fact that even with an infinitely long
worldline, everyone must pass through every age from 0 upwards, which is precisely
what we observe. It also (2) ignores a selection
effect, namely that only in a thermodynamically low number of universes can a person
who is not "QTI-old" expect to communicate with
someone who *is* (and hence 99.999999999999...% of discussion groups will necessarily
be composed of "QTI-young" people). The SSA
argument also (3) gives the strong impression (though this could *perhaps* be argued
away) that it relies on us treating our
worldlines as though we've just been "dropped" into them at some random point, like
Billy Pilgrim; which is, of course, not what
happens in reality.
Maybe there are some more technical objections to the SSA argument, but these are the
simplest and most obvious.