Lee Corbin wrote:
> Stathis wrote, Friday, June 30, 2006 12:24 AM
>>A book is the analogy that came to mind, but there is an
>>important difference between this and conscious experience.
>>Books, sentences, words may not need to be physically
>>collected together to make a coherent larger structure,
>>but they do need to be somehow sorted in the mind of an
>>observer; otherwise, we could say that a dictionary
>>contains every book ever written or yet to be written.
> Okay, suppose that there are no observers, and the Earth
> has been burnt to a cinder except for one copy of Milton's
> "Paradise Lost", and one copy of the Oxford English dictionary.
> It seems to me that we should say that just two books still
> exist. Do you agree?
> (Sorry for asking what you have said many times one
> way or the other; I'm not clear as to who has said
> what.)
> Supposing that you do agree that these two book in our
> spacetime still exist, then as you have said, all the
> words in "Paradise Lost" can be found in the Oxford
> dictionary.
> Next we begin the slippery slope argument where Paradise Lost
> is broken apart into its separate pages and scattered
> throughout the cosmos. I agree with you that in one sense
> Milton's book no longer exists, but it still does exist in
> the sense that there is enough redundancy to piece it back
> together again were a new sentient life form to come into
> being, and to find those pages, and to bind them.
> What I disagree with is your statement that the mind of the
> observer really played any key role. 

I find that implausible.  You're assuming that the pages could be put back in 
order without 
recognizing any meaning of the words.  Do you think you could put the pages of 
a book written in 
Chinese in order? - I couldn't.  I think you are implicitly assuming that rules 
of syntax and 
grammar are in the text itself.  For a long book, it might be possible to infer 
those rules with 
some confidence - but not with certainty.

As this analogizes OMs, my conception of OMs is that they would correspond 
roughly to sentences, not 
pages; so reconstruction is even less likely.

Brent Meeker
"A solopist is like the man who gave up turning around because whatever he saw 
was always in front 
of him."
        --- Ernst Mach

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