Stathis Papaioannou wrote: > Russell Standish writes: > > > > Is there any reason to believe that we would lose consciousness, or notice > > > that anything strange had happened at all, if most or all of the parallel > > > branches > > > in the multiverse suddenly vanished? > > > > > > > I think this question is ill-posed, but I'll try to answer another > > question that may have some bearing on what your trying to get at. > > OK, the question is ill-posed if we jump ahead to deciding that the > consciousness > of a computation consists in its status as a mathematical object in Platonia, > because > it isn't really possible even in theory that some part of Platonia did not > exist.
It is very possible that Platonism is false. > > The Game of Life is known to be Turing complete. However, I do not > > think any arrangement of dots in GoL could be conscious. Rather there > > is an arrangement that implements a universal dovetailer. The UD is > > quite possibly enough to emulate the full Multiverse (this is sort of where > > Bruno's partail results are pointing), which we know contain conscious > > processes. > > That's putting it inversely compared to my (naive) understanding of how the > UD works. > I would have said > (a) some programs are associated with consciousness > (b) the UD emulates all programs > (c) hence, the UD emulates all the conscious programs > > In particular, I would have said that some sequence of frames in GoL is > associated with > a particular consciousness that can interact with the universe providing the > substrate of > its implementation, because we can observe the patterns, maybe even link them > to real > world events. That is a strange passage. Are you saying that he links woudl be a) causal b) coincidental c) there is no difference between a) and b). > This does not necessarily mean that the consciousness is caused by or > supervenes on the pattern of dots, any more that the number 3 is caused by or > supervenes > on a collection of 3 objects. If anything, it could be the other way around: > the GoL pattern > supervenes on, or is isomorphic with, the consciousness which resides in > Platonia. ???? --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org To unsubscribe from this group, send email to [EMAIL PROTECTED] For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---