On Sun, Oct 15, 2006 at 08:53:07PM +1000, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> Russell Standish writes:
> > OMs are defined by some information. Very clearly more than 1 bit is
> > involved, but it is presumably finite.
> > 
> > Let us say that within this OM I am aware of two apples - 1 red and 1
> > green. The information describing one of these apples is the
> > "component" I was referring to.
> > 
> > As for other OMs sharing that component, this comes down to the usual
> > suspect arguments against solipsism. I don't feel like rehashing those
> > at the moment :)
> That's a quite different notion of OM to what I have in mind when I see the 
> term 
> used.  I think of an OM as just the smallest possible unit of subjective 
> experience. 
> If you see the same red apple as I see, I don't think of that as "sharing" a 
> component of an OM. I don't even think of it as sharing a component of an OM 
> if I experience the same red apple a second apart: they are distinct OMs 
> which 
> happen to belong to an ordered set constituting my stream of consciousness. 

There must be some way of telling two distinct OMs apart. That
distinction is information. Unless there are only two OMs in total,
and one bit of difference between them, it is possible to divide the
information describing the difference between two OMs into parts.

That is all I was talking about, I wasn't talking about dividing them
up into sub-OMs.


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