On 1/28/07, Stathis Papaioannou <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > > Consciousness *seems* to be continuous even if at a fundamental level time > or brain processes are discrete. Also, although I agree that there is no > necessary connection between observer moments, there *seems* to be a > connection, in that almost by definition I won't suddenly find myself > turning Chinese in the next moment even though there are 50 times as many > Chinese as Australians in the world. If the feeling that I remain the same > person from moment to moment is an illusion, then I am interested in how > that illusion can be maintained, regardless of the underlying mechanisms of > consciousness, time, whether or not there exists a real world, and so on. >

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I think the reason the illusion is maintained is rather trivial, whenever your brain has the thought: "How come I was born as Stathis Papaioannou, and only ever remember being Stathis Papaioannou?" Your brain is limited to the memories contained within it. And since there is no way for your brain to have integrated memories of what it is like to be other observers, your illusion of personal identity is maintained. > Either I'm one of few or one of many. If everyone guesses that they are > one of many, more are going to be right than if everyone guesses that they > are one of few. Therefore, I should guess that I'm one of many. Is that what > you are suggesting? > Yes, and once we assume we are probably one of many similar or identical observer-moments, we should ask "Why should there be many?" The argument has some appeal assuming we have no other reason to favour > guessing that we are one of many or one of few. However, lack of evidence > against something does not necessarily mean that thing is likely or even > possible. As it happens there is perhaps some evidence for MW from quantum > mechanics, but were it not for this, we could easily class MW along with > pink elephants as something very unlikely which cannot be rescued by the > ASSA. > If many-worlds is true, consider for a second how many histories lines (and copies of you) must have been created by now. The universe had been branching into untold numbers of copies, untold numbers of times each second, for billions of years before you were born. While not every branch contains you, once you appeared in one history line, a new copy of you has been created for every possible outcome of every quantum event that happens anywhere in this universe. I would be astonished if many-worlds turned out to be false, not only because of ASSA, but also due to due to the paradoxes that exist in other interpretations, and David Deutsch's reasoning that the computations of a quantum computer must be done somewhere, and single-world views cannot explain, for example, how Shor's algorithm works. From a mathematical/computational perspective a many-world universe has only marginally more complicated description (program) than a universe that has a one-to-one mapping of states. For a simple example of how this is possible, consider the Fibonacci sequence, defined as: F(0) = 1 F(1) = 1 F(n>1) = F(n-1) + F(n-2) But a sequence that defines an exponentially growing number of states can be made just by changing the + to a plus or minus: F(0) = 1 F(1) = 1 F(n>1) = F(n-1) ± F(n-2) Therefore mathematical descriptions of universes like our own should be common, and only slightly rarer than universes that lack the property of many-worlds. However, many-worlds universes define so many more states, and so many more observers that most of reality should be generated by short programs that define massive numbers of states before halting. An interesting question: What about programs that loop, would observers and states in such a universe have an infinite measure or should looping be treated the same as halting? Jason --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to everything-list@googlegroups.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?hl=en -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---