On Apr 21, 8:56 pm, Russell Standish <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> 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.
>
> Cheers
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And the purpose of my post about the Alzheimer's patient (which I
don't think anyone really answered) was to illustrate a consequence of
this view that "observer moments can only be defined by the contents
of memory", where memory refers to the "internal memory" only.

Tom

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