2008/11/25 Kory Heath <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:

> The answer I *used* to give was that it doesn't matter, because no
> matter what "accidental order" you find in Platonia, you also find the
> "real order". In other words, if you find some portion of the digits
> of PI that "seems to be" following the rules of Conway's Life, then
> there is also (of course) a Platonic object that represents the
> "actual" computations that the digits of PI "seem to be" computing.
> This is, essentially, Bostrom's "Unification" in the context of
> Platonia. It doesn't matter whether or not "accidental order" in the
> digits of PI can be viewed as conscious, because either way, we know
> the "real order" exists in Platonia as well, and multiple
> "instantiations" of the same pain in Platonia wouldn't result in
> multiple pains.
> I'm uncomfortable with the philosophical vagueness of some of this. At
> the very least, I want a better handle on why Unification is correct
> and Duplication is not in the context of Platonia (or why that
> question is confused, if it is).

I'd agree with your first paragraph quoted above. It isn't possible to
introduce, eliminate or duplicate Platonic objects; they're all just
there, eternally.

Stathis Papaioannou

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