On Mon, Jun 20, 2005 at 12:52:23PM -0700, Jonathan Colvin wrote:
> 
> That's quite an assumption. *Do* all conscious things ask this question of
> themselves? Babies don't. Senile old people don't. I'm not sure that
> medieval peasants ever thought to ask this question, or pre-literate
> cavemen. 
> 

What makes you so sure about this? a) that they are conscious, and b)
that they do not wonder how it might be different if they were someone
or something else?

> 
> I'd be interested to hear it. Here's something else you could look
> at...calculate the median annual income for all humans alive today (I
> believe it is around $4,000 /year), compare it to your own, and see if you
> are anyway near the median. I predict that the answer for you (and for
> anyone else reading this), is far from the median. This result is obviously
> related to the "why you are not Chinese" criticism, and is,

Yes, it is. Incomes follow a Pareto law, which is another one of these
power laws (although I remember a recent paper that indicated the rich
part of the curve had a different law). It may even be exactly 1/x, in
which case one's income could be anything! However, I'd need to look
up the relevant papers. Comparing things to medians is _not_ relevant.

> I believe, the reason the DA goes astray.
> 
> Jonathan Colvin

No it's not! Working with actual distributions solves these counter
arguments (or at least seems to).

-- 
*PS: A number of people ask me about the attachment to my email, which
is of type "application/pgp-signature". Don't worry, it is not a
virus. It is an electronic signature, that may be used to verify this
email came from me if you have PGP or GPG installed. Otherwise, you
may safely ignore this attachment.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
A/Prof Russell Standish                  Phone 8308 3119 (mobile)
Mathematics                                    0425 253119 (")
UNSW SYDNEY 2052                         [EMAIL PROTECTED]             
Australia                                http://parallel.hpc.unsw.edu.au/rks
            International prefix  +612, Interstate prefix 02
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Attachment: pgpwdjcBRDUuw.pgp
Description: PGP signature

Reply via email to