I should have said, "you could *not* just take any files from any folder and
cobble together an individual history..." For example, the version of me
that got this sentence right the first time has split off and spawned a
whole new set of files/OM's, none of which can be incorporated into the
history of the version writing this erratum, unless purely by chance they
happen to "fit in".
I think that your example below was helpful to clarify the disagreement.
You say that randomly sampling from all the files is not 'how real life
works'. However, if you did randomly sample from all the files the result
would not be different from the selective time ordered sampling you
as long as the effect of dying (reducing the absolute measure) can be
You would have to follow the branching pattern as defined by the program. I
suggested that one file is chosen at random from each folder and a new
folder generated from this file. It would be very resource-hungry, but it
is simple enough to imagine the computer generating the entire multiverse,
i.e. each file branching out to a new folder, each file in each new folder
branching out to another new folder, and so on. This would generate all the
OM's associated with an individual. However, you could *not* just take any
files from any folder and cobble together an individual history, which is
what would happen if you sample files at random. To create an individual
history, you have to trace a single path through the (perhaps infinitely)
branching tree, which is a very different matter. This is true even if you
ignore the effect of dying, so each folder/time slice has the same number
of files/same measure.
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