2009/2/26 Brent Meeker <meeke...@dslextreme.com>: > If they are all distinct, then in what sense does S1-S2-S3 form a stream > of consciousness, rather than S1-S2-B3 or even S1-B1-S3-B2. Supposedly > it is that S3 includes some memory of S1 (or earlier Si), but in that > case why couldn't B3 also include some memory of both S1 and B1? Why > wouldn't that be as close a continuation as B3 containing only B1 memories?
B3 in the example given only has memories of B1. If B3 did have memories of S1 then there would indeed be fusion of S and B. But I am thinking in terms of observer moments (or observer minutes in this case): S1, S2, S3, B1, B2, B3 as essentially self-contained, not necessarily causally connected, and forming a stream of consciousness only by virtue of their information content. If they were different, then of course the streams of consciousness would be difference. The only change that would leave the two streams of consciousness intact is if either S2 or B2 were missing. Incidentally, the observer minutes would have to have the right sort of information content even if they were causally connected, or they wouldn't form a stream of consciousness. If I receive a brain injury which causes complete amnesia for my pat, there is a break in my stream of consciousness despite the fact that there is a clear causal connection and physical continuity between my pre- and post-injury self. Physical continuity and causal connectivity are only useful for subjective continuity because they generate observer moments with the right sort of information content. -- Stathis Papaioannou --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to everything-l...@googlegroups.com To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---