Colin Hales wrote: > There is no dualism here. The simplest solution is a monism of a posited > structural primitive, say, S(.). The universe is a structure of organised > S(.). One type and one type only. The structure itself is simply and > necessarily a hierarchically organised massive collection of S(.). In this > hierarchy the behaviour that generates appearances and that which does not > are indistinguishable. The whole question changes to one of visibility.
Absolutely. > Make sense? I'll keep saying this until it sinks in. Somebody other than me > has to see this! Yes, it makes a lot of sense, and reminds me of long hours over the decades struggling to visualise how various 'observer perspectives' would map in detail to my 1st-person experience (a career in software engineering also presents many opportunities for meditative waiting!) 'Saving the appearances' was my point of departure, because it seemed to be mostly ignored in standard theoretical treatments, apparently in pursuit of some mirage of methodological 'rigour' - myopia, it seemed to me. Also, all those 'quantum collapse' notions involving 'the observer' seemed to be blind to the fact that this seemingly influential chap was simply a non-isolatable element of the network of interacting information under 'observation'. My question about observing from the perspective of the 'gestalt' (maybe this isn't the best word) was posed in this spirit. That is, each one of my list of 'observables' makes sense to me from this perspective, but not from that of a classical 'nameable' 1st person. QM/MW is just one way to conceptualise the structural/ behavioural aspects of this, but my starting point is: given these experiences, 'from what experiential perspective would the situation look, feel, sound, taste, smell, like this?' And the answer always seems to be 'from the point of view of the universe, delimited by these information horizons.' This for me is the fundamental 1st-person perspective. David > David Nyman: > > Colin Geoffrey Hales wrote: > > > > > ASIDE, for the record, dual aspect science (from the previous post). I) > > > APPEARANCE ASPECT. Depictions (statistics) of regularity (correlations > > of > > > agreed 'objects' within) in appearances > > > II) STRUCTURE ASPECT. Depictions (Statistics) of structure of an > > > underlying natural world based on organisations of one or more posited > > > structural primitives. > > > > > > Both have equal access to qualia as evidence. Qualia are evidence for > > > both. Whatever the structure is, scientists are made of it and it must > > > simultaneously a) deliver qualia and all the rest of the structure in > > the > > > universe(II) and b) deliver the contents of qualia (appearances) that > > > result in our correlations of appearances that we think of as empirical > > > laws(I). This is a complete consistent set of natural laws, none of > > which > > > literally 'are' the universe but are merely 'about' it. > > > > For the record, how (if at all) does this differ from Chalmers' > > property dualism and his programme for 'psycho-physical laws'? And is > > his 'conceivability' of structure (ll) without appearance (l) relevant > > in your approach? This is where I part company from him. My > > conceivability apparatus just can't come up with this. For me a > > situation that doesn't know itself needs a mediator (little observer) > > to do the knowing, and we know where that leads... > > > > No homunculus. I'm not sure of chalmers' 'conceivability'. It's a while > since I read him. But I think it might be relevant. The key to it is when > you realise that the structure (II) actually delivers the appearance (I) of > the rest of the structure. That is actually a defining criteria limiting > possibilities for the possible structures and any structural primitive used > in same. > > There is no dualism here. The simplest solution is a monism of a posited > structural primitive, say, S(.). The universe is a structure of organised > S(.). One type and one type only. The structure itself is simply and > necessarily a hierarchically organised massive collection of S(.). In this > hierarchy the behaviour that generates appearances and that which does not > are indistinguishable. The whole question changes to one of visibility. > > As to physho-physical laws.... in consideration of hierarchical > organisations of a structural primitive one or more fundamental principles > are (will be) proven to be true _because_ qualia exist. Only when we let > ourselves look at such monisms will we be able to see what the parameters of > such fundamental laws might be. Then we may be able to devise tests that > take the structure to novel behavioural places...and the usual experimental > regime ... and science marches on....the sorts of experimental regimes I am > thinking of are the AI and 'asking it' (in a hardware sense) "what it is > like"....unlike with biology we can merge their brains and get them to see > what each other sees. The whole evidence problem goes away. > > > > Qualia(appearances) are only intractible because we keep insisting on & > > > trying to use qualia (appearances, our scientific evidence) to explain > > > them! Is it only me that sees that when the scientific evidence system > > > (qualia) is applied to collect evidence in favour of a "science of > > > qualia", a science of _our evidence system_!!, that the evidence system > > > breaks down? > > > > Can you say more about how a structure (ll) science approaches this? > > A structure that, from any point of view can, in principle supply a > perspective view of any other part of the structure is such a thing. > Cellular automata are one such structure (not a computer program, but > reality as a massively parallel cellular automata of S(.) ) > > > > > > > FYI > > > ['unsituated' means that the scientist is, despite the observer > > dependence > > > characterised by quantum mechanics, surgically excised from the universe > > > by the demand for an objective view that does not exist. 'Situated' > > > science puts the scientist back inside the universe with the studied > > > items. Note that science only needs OBJECTIVITY (a behaviour) not a real > > > 'objective view' to construct correlations of type I (above). Dual > > aspect > > > science disposes of the cultish need for a delusion of a 3rd person view > > ] > > > > Yes, this is broadly what I was aiming at with '1st-person primacy', > > using words like 'embedded', 'present', etc. - but 'situated' is good, > > I'll adopt it. > > 'SITUATEDNESS' is a very good standard term to use. There are mountains of > books on SITUATED AGENCY. It's quite well traveled, especially in computer > science, but also in biology (try and understand an elephant outside its > habitat!). > > What has not been done is to treat that biology called "the scientist" as a > situated agent inside its own habitat: the universe. > > "Mysterious observer dependence" in QM is not so mysterious when you > actually put the scientist inside the picture. Why not put the scientist > back inside the universe instead of objectively declaring something > 'mysterious'! If situatedness is an intrinsic part of the mechanism behind > qualia generation...qualia would look really mysterious, wouldn't it? > > Think about it...When you put the scientist back inside the picture, the > measurement process (qualia) that literally are qualia is directly causally > linked to the appearance you get! The underlying structure unifies the whole > system. Of course you'll get some impact via the causality of the > structure....via the deep structure right down into the very fabric of > space. > > In a very real way the existence of 'mysterious observer dependence' is > actually proof that the hierarchically organised S(.) structure idea must be > somewhere near the answer. > > Note that we don't actually have to know what S(.) is to make a whole pile > of observations of properties of organisations of it that apply regardless > of the particular S(.). It may be we never actually get to sort out the > specifics of S(.)! (I have an idea, but it doesn't matter from the point of > view of understanding qualia as another property of the structure like > atoms). > > In Bruno's terms the structure of S(.) is what he calls 'objective reality'. > I would say that in science the first person view has primacy. I'd say that > we formulate abstractions that correlate with agreed appearances within the > first person view. However, the correspo0ndence between the underlying > structure and the formulate abstractions is only that - a correlation. Our > models are not the structure. The 'objective view' is virtual (like russel > said). I don't think we need any more jargon than that. > > > > > There is another aspect, which I've been musing about again since my > > most recent exchanges with Peter. This is that if one is to take > > seriously (and I do) 'structural' or 'block' views such as MWI, it > > seems to me that whatever is behaving 'perceivingly', '1st-personally', > > or 'subjectly' (gawd!) is the gestalt, not any particular abstraction > > > therefrom. It seems to me that this is necessary to yield: > > > > 1) The unnameability of the 1st-person (i.e. 'this observer situation') > > 2) The consequential validity (?) of any probability calculus of > > observer situations > > 3) The dynamic quality of time as experienced (i.e. contrast between > > 'figure' and 'ground') > > 4) Meta-experiential layering - e.g. 'coherent histories' of observer > > situations > > > > Any views on this? > > > > David > > Yes....all these things rely on perceptual mechanisms which will > never...repeat...never...be found in quantum mechanics....nor any other > depiction of appearances. > > I recommend to stop trying to make/understand a universe by fiddling with > the appearance of quantum mechanics!...by inventing multiple universes and > all those other complexities...we simply do not need them...The universe is > NOT made of quantum mechanics! Nor is it made of any mathematical concoction > of circumstances designed to find a domain from which QM could be said to > 'be' the universe. Deal with a reality that appears _to us_ like QM! > > The universe is made of a structure that behaves quantum-mechanical-ly when > our appearance generation system (the scientist) literally physically and > causally invades the universe at ultra-scale dimensions for the purposes of > perceiving it (no matter how tortuously long that causality trail might seem > to us). > > This is a completely different approach. > > The assumption that (QM = the structure) is the big problem here. QM is a > mathematical model of what our appearances see, not what the universe > actually is. Models of appearances (like QM) and models of structure (does > not exist yet) are two equally valid representations of the same thing and > they come about because we are literally part of the structure. Neither > model _are_ the 'structure' they are merely _about_ the structure. Qualia > are scientific evidence for both. > > I'd recommend spending time working on structures that 'look like' QM when > you are part of the structure. > > Make sense? I'll keep saying this until it sinks in. Somebody other than me > has to see this! > > Colin Hales --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com To unsubscribe from this group, send email to [EMAIL PROTECTED] For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---