`At 09:58 13/04/04 -0400, Ben Goertzel wrote:`

> 6) This shows that if we are in a massive computer running in > a universe, then (supposing we know it or believe it) to > predict the future of any experiment we decide to carry one > (for example testing A or B) we need to take into account all > reconstitutions at any time of the computer (in the relevant > state) in that universe, and actually also in any other > universes (from our first person perspective we could not be > aware of the difference of universes from inside the computer).

Yes, but this is just a fancy version of the good old-fashioned Humean problem of induction, isn't it?

That would be the case if there were no measure on the computations.

That would be the case if there were no measure on the computations.

Indeed, predicting the future on a sound "a priori" basis is not possible. One must make arbitrary assumptions in order to guide predictions.

This is a limitation, not of the "comp" hypothesis specifically, but of the notion of prediction itself.

You cannot solve the problem of induction with or without "comp", so I don't think you should use problem-of-induction related difficulties as an argument against "comp."

`I was not arguing against comp! (nor for).`

In fact, "comp" comes with a kind of workaround to the problem of induction, which is: To justify induction, make an arbitrary assumption of a certain universal computer, use this to gauge simplicity, and then judge predictions based on their simplicity (to use a verbal shorthand for a lot of math a la Solomonoff, Levin, Hutter, etc.). This is not a solution to the problem of induction (which is that one must make arbitrary assumptions to do induction), just an elegant way of introducing the arbitrary assumptions.

This can help for explaining what intelligence is, but cannot help for the mind body problem where *all* computations must be taken into account.

So, in my view, we are faced with a couple different ways of introducing the arbitrary assumptions needed to justify induction:

1) make an arbitrary assumption that the apparently real physical universe is real

2) make an arbitrary assumption that simpler hypotheses are better, where simplicity is judged by some fixed universal computing system

There is no scientific (i.e. inductive or deductive) way to choose between these. From a human perspective, the choice lies outside the domain of science and math; it's a metaphysical or even ethical choice.

I am not convinced. I don't really understand 1), and the interest of 2) relies, I think, in the fact that simplicity should not (and does not, I'm sure Schmidhuber would agree) on the choice of the universal computing system.

`Bruno`

`http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~marchal/`