> > Also, what about a weighted version of the ASSA? I believe other animals are > > conscious and thus would qualify as observers/observer-moments, which would > > suggest I am extraordinarily lucky to find myself as an observer-moment of > > what seems like the most intelligent species on the planet...but could there > > be an element of the anthropic principle here? Perhaps some kind of theory > > of consciousness would assign something like a "mental complexity" to > > different observer-moments, and the self-sampling assumption could be biased > > in favor of more complex minds.
I think the anthropic principle could be used quite well to account for that, since if you were an animal other than a human being, you could not be asking that question. But I don't see the need nor the basis to assign any sort of weight to the 'selection' of different observers, just as there is no weight (other than the anthropic principle) to account for the fact that we live in this particular universe which allows for human beings. -Eric.