On Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 07:56:33PM -0700, Brent Meeker wrote:
> Russell Standish wrote:
> > On Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 06:10:52PM -0700, Brent Meeker wrote:
> >> What if my parents are named Riley and Mae and my birthdate is 1939, but I 
> >> remember being Jesus?
> >>
> >> Brent Meeker
> >>
> > 
> > Sounds to me like you would be suffering delusions then, but I'm no
> > psychoanalyst. 
> > 
> So a memory doesn't pick out a particular branch of the universe in which 
> the memory is veridical; it just picks out a branch in which it occurred. 
> So your brain doesn't have to record more memories as you grow older, 
> because it doesn't maintain a veridical record.
> Brent Meeker

The latter statement is evidently true, as is evidenced by senile
dementia. However, observer moments can only be defined by the
contents of memory. To resolve this, one must suppose that branches
merge as memories are lost - ie quantum erasure. This only makes sense
in the quantum state = OM interpretation - in physicalist interpretations of
Multiverse branches as somehow being "out there", David Deutsch-style,
this will not make sense at all.



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