Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> 2009/2/10 Jack Mallah <>:
>> This sort of talk about "random sampling" and "luck" is misleading and is 
>> exactly why I broke down the roles of effective probability into the four 
>> categories I did in the paper.
>> If you are considering future versions of yourself, in the MWI sense, there 
>> is no randomness involved.  Depending on how you define "you", "you" will 
>> either be all of them, or "you" are just an observer-moment and can consider 
>> them to be "other people".  Regardless of definitions, this case calls for 
>> the use of Caring Measure for decision making.
> It seems that the disagreement may be one about personal identity. It
> is not clear to me from your paper whether you accept what Derek
> Parfit calls the "reductionist" theory of personal identity. Consider
> the following experiment:
> There are two consecutive periods of consciousness, A and B, in which
> you are an observer in a virtual reality program. A is your
> experiences between 5:00 PM and 5:01 PM while B is your experiences
> between 5:01 PM and 5:02 PM, subjective time. A is being implemented
> in parallel on two computers MA1 and MA2, so that there are actually
> two qualitatively identical streams of consciousness which we can call
> A1 and A2. At the end of the subjective minute, data is saved to disk
> and both MA1 and MA2 are switched off. An external operator picks up a
> copy of the saved data, walks over to a third computer MB, loads the
> data and starts up the program. After another subjective minute MB is
> switched off and the experiment ends.
> As the observer you know all this information, and you look at the
> clock and see that it is 5:00 PM. What can you conclude from this and
> what should you expect? To me, it seems that you must conclude that
> you are currently either A1 or A2, and that in one minute you will be
> B, with 100% certainty. Would you say something else?
I might say that while there are two computations, there is only one 
"stream of consciousness".


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