On Thu, May 11, 2006 at 01:00:31PM +0200, Bruno Marchal wrote:
> 
> 
> I think Schroedinger used the cat for explaining a paradoxical feature 
> of QM, and I have not see suggestions by him that comp leads to either 
> many world or quantum immortality (as Everett and Deutsch will do for 
> the many-world, but not the immortality question though.
> I think that in the "priority" matter (a boring subject but then 
> friends said that I must defend myself a little bit more) the criteria 
> is the date of the publication. It is one thing to get an idea and a 
> different thing to publish it. You need to f├žind the idea but also to 

James Higgo found a 1986 publication by Euan Sqires that mentions the
immortality argument. Perhaps that's not too much earlier for you to
claim independent discovery in your 1988 paper. Still the point is,
its one of those ideas that's floating around anyway - in the ether,
so to speak.

Also the universal dovetailer idea is also one of those that is fairly
obvious, and might have been discovered a number of times independently.

In some ways, these ideas are too simple for the issue of priority to
be taken seriously. Perhaps, but the fame game is fickle
indeed. Famous people are often not famous for their most important
work. My most cited paper according to Google Scholar "On complexity and
emergence" doesn't contain any original ideas at all! (Its a digestion
of what I've read on the topics)

On the other hand your COMP ontological reversal idea is truly
unique. Hopefully you are right, and it goes down in history as your
greatest contribution to human knowledge.

Cheers


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