Dear Bruno,

> No. But making it precise and searching consequences helps to avoid 
> misunderstanding. The comp hyp is really a religious belief: it *is* a 
> belief in the fact that you can be reincarnated through a digital 
> reconstitution of yourself relatively to some hopefully stable set of 
> computational histories (on which you can only bet). So the question is 
> not "is comp true"? The question is really: "do you accept your 
> daughter marries a computationalist".

Ok, I'm with you :-)

> And my point is only that IF comp is true then the mind body problem is 
> reduced into a derivation of physics (the eventually stable physical 
> beliefs) from ... addition and multiplication (and there is a gift: it 

Why would this only be true in comp?
What I find strange is the following: why do people find "mind" 
something strange - why not accept it as something fundamental like 
electromagnetism or gravity? (Of course, it is not a force (or is it?))

Many people say a materialist/physicalist attitude fails to explain the 
mind. I agree if one remains in a dualist view of the world, but not if 
"mind" is accepted as something natural - something which occurs 
automatically if certain organizational criteria are met.

> Yes indeed! But then how is it possible to convince someone who does 
> not reason correctly, of the advantage of reasoning correctly?
> Answer: by letting him learn the consequences of reasoning incorrectly, 
> if he can still learn after!
> Problem: about fundamental questions, this can take millennia, and more 



Günther Greindl
Department of Philosophy of Science
University of Vienna


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