Brent Meeker wrote:

> On 25-Dec-01, Saibal Mitra wrote:
> >
> > Charles Goodwin wrote:
> >
> >> Or are you claiming that repeated quantum suicide attempts increase the
> > chances
> >> that you are a computer simulation?
> > Yes that is what I claim.
> >
> > That would only occur if there was some sort
> >> of cul-de-sac (assuming you *start* from a physical instantiation, at
> > least). If
> >> you are physically instantiated at some point in time, all physical
> >> instantiations must end in a cul-de-sac before you can 'travel' to a
> > universe in
> >> which you are a computer simulation.
> >
> > Why? If your brain were replaced by a digital one, you would still be
> > same person. If I made a digital version of you and let the biological
> > version of you live on, then there would be a 50% chance you would end
up as
> > the digital person.
> I'm not sure what to make of such statements.  It seems to me there's a
> chance Charles would end up as both.  Are you positing a supernatural soul
> that's *really* Charles and can only be in one of the two physical

Not at all. There are two identical ``souls´´. Of course there is a 100%
chance that you would be in either the real world or the simulation. I am
saying that if Charles could perform an experiment to find out whether he
was in the simulation or in the real world, there would be a 50% chance for
him to be in the simulation.


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