Quentin Anciaux wrote:
> Le Lundi 17 Juillet 2006 16:14, Stathis Papaioannou a écrit :
>>You mean that since you can't know which computation generates your present
>>moment, you also can't point to which computer is generating that
> Worst than that, there is no computation that contains you, but an infinity 
> of 
> them... the problem is not to point, there is nothing to point. 
>>That makes sense, assuming the UD is running and your 
>>consciousness is a result of the UD. On the other hand, if your
>>consciousness is the result of physical processes in a single human brain,
>>you *can* point to the computer.
> When you mean computer, do you mean turing machine ? 
> Do you mean consciousness is a program ? thus it could be duplicated and run 
> at infinity (or a big number of times ;). Which part (instance) of this 
> infinity/big running of the same program are you then ? Your current moment 
> is not part of a single possible logical history... There are many past and 
> many future from the present with this view and so many programs who go 
> through your state.
> Another thing if consciousness is a program/computation :
> Imagine I run the program for 5 minutes, make a memory dump, continue the 
> running from the dump on another machine for 5 minutes and so on... When I 
> change machine it takes times... do you thing you're dead in between ? that 
> you could be aware of any delays, of the number of instance running the same 
> computation ? Then how could you say that these 5 minutes of your life was 
> this computation on this machine, and not any machine which have come to go 
> through exactly this state ?
> Regards,
> Quentin

Just to clarify - I take it that when discussing "you as a computation" that 
the computation must 
include computation/simulation of the whole of the universe that you interact 
with during the time 
period "computed".  This computation must start with the boundary conditions 
defined over your past 
light cone at the relevant interval.  Right?

Brent Meeker

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