On 9/26/07, "Hal Finney" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > > Jason writes: > > A given piece of data can represent an infinite number of different > > things depending on the software that interprets it. What may be an > > mp3 file to one program may look like snow to an image editor. > > I'm doubtful that you could find a string of any significant length which > both sounds like sensible music and looks like a realistic picture.
When I said snow I meant like snow on a TV (random garbage) I'm > even more doubtful that the enormous length of the data that would > represent the brain activity associated with an observer-moment could > be meaningfully interpreted as anything else. > > My guess is that sufficiently long, meaningful data strings have > their meaning implicitly within themselves, because there is no > reasonable-length program that can interpret them as anything else. > > Hal Finney I agree that the data encoding an Observer Moment contains many instances of self-relational and internally meaningful data structures, here is my scenario: Some piece of advanced technology maps out the neural network of one's brain, including which neurons are firing at the instance the brain was scanned and then saves it as a file. Does this file on the computer constitute an observer moment? Does duplicating this file increase that observer moment's measure? Or for it to constitute an observer does some software have to load the file and simulate future evolutions of brain states in a manner consistent with how a real brain would to create a valid observer moment? If you believe the file alone creates an OM then a program which counted to infinity would indeed iterate over all possible observer moments, the problem is some program can interpret any data file as being any other observer moment given the interpretation software uses the appropriate "encryption" algorithm which could decrypt that data to be any other observer moment, which is why I see data alone as meaningless without the context of an algorithm that created/uses/processes it. Jason --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to [EMAIL PROTECTED] 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 -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---