Russell Standish wrote: > On Sun, Apr 20, 2008 at 01:20:21PM -0700, Tom Caylor wrote: >> Except that the evidence seems to support that our past is also >> recorded in a reality "out there" that seems independent of our >> brains. For example when we are reminded of something from our past, >> from looking at old photos, or from someone from our past telling a >> story about us, which as far as we can tell we would have never >> remembered without that reminder from outside of our possible streams >> of consciousness without the reminder. > > You have to distinguish between "being reminded of something" - here > an external event triggers our brain to recall a memory that is really > there, and "finding out about our past" by performing a > measurement. The latter entails completely new knowledge. It is no > different in principle to finding out about the present by performing > a normal measurement.
Does that mean that if I don't remember it, it didn't happen? Brent Meeker > > I would argue that this implies our past (that which is beyond our > memories) is a superposition of those histories prior to any > measurement that might distinguish them, just as it might be in an > experimental apparatus measure circular polarisation. > > The independent "out there" feeling is just the self consistency of > all our observations - one that is nevertheless quite remarkable, but > not entailing the existence of something that is out there. > --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ 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 -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---