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.
> 


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