Jason Resch wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 1:05 AM, russell standish <li...@hpcoders.com.au> 
> wrote:
>   
>> What you are talking about is what I call the "Occam catastrophe" in
>> my book. The resolution of the paradox has to be that the
>> random/white-noise filled OMs are in fact unable to be observed. In
>> order for the Anthropic Principle to hold in a idealist theory
>> requires that the OM must contain a representation of the observer, ie
>> observers must be self-aware. Amongst such OMs containing observers,
>> ones that are the result of historically deep evolutionary processes
>> are by far the most common. And evolution of those observer moments
>> must also be constrained to be similar to those previously observed,
>> eliminating white rabbits, due to "robustness" of the observer.
>>
>> Cheers
>>
>>     
>
> Hi Russell,
>
> What you said reminded me of this article, which appeared in the Boston Globe:
>
> http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/graphics/011109_hacking_your_brain/
>
> See the section on hallucinating with ping pong balls and a radio.  It
> would seem the way the brain is organized it doesn't accept perception
> of pure randomness (at least not for long, I have not yet tried the
> experiment myself).  If it can't find patterns from the senses it
> looks like it gives up and invents patterns of its own.
>
> Jason

There were similar reports in the late 60's when sensory deprivation 
tanks were the fad.  People in them reported hallucinations and 
illusions and, if they stayed long enough, thought loops.

Brent

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