On 11 Feb 2009, at 21:51, Brent Meeker wrote:
> Saibal Mitra wrote:
>> Welcome back Jack Mallah!
>> I have a different argument against QTI.
>> I had a nice dream last night, but unfortunately it suddenly ended.
>> Now, this is empirical evidence against QTI because, according to the
>> QTI, the life expectancy of the version of me simulated in that dream
>> should have been be infinite.
> Of course maybe in some other branch of the multiverse your dream is
> That's what makes everything-theories difficult to test.
> But you raise an interesting point. Everything-theories that suppose
> consciousness is constituted by the closest continuations need to
> solve the
> "white rabbit" problem. But that solution, whatever it is, would
> equally apply
> in dreams. So why don't dreams have the same physics as waking life?
Ah! That is a good question. It is equivalent to the first person
white rabbit problem (which was the point of the original white rabbit
problem in "conscience and mécanisme".
The answer is that dreams are really stabilized by their relative
apparition with respect to deep computations with high measure. For
such relativity we need a mechanist notion of first person PLURAL, and
then I hope the arithmetical hypostases will confirmed this the
working of such notion.
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