On 15 March 2010 07:28, Brent Meeker <meeke...@dslextreme.com> wrote:
> I don't think that's so clear. Everett's relative state interpretation
> implies consciousness is not unitary but continually "splits" just as the
> states of other quantum systems. So while these counterfactual states
> (realized in the multiple worlds) may be significant for instantiating
> consciousness, I don't think it would follow that the consciousness'es thus
> instantiated would be aware of the splitting, i.e. decoherence. So if you
> are subject to a probabilistic event which would cause a change in your
> consciousness if it eventuated there would be a change in your consciousness
> *in another branch of the multiple worlds*. If your brain were constructed
> so there was no such chance (or it had much lower probability) what would be
> the difference? Maybe you would have faded qualia, e.g. if you were color
> blind you aren't aware of colors because there's zero probability of sensing
> them and your consciousness is slightly diminished by this because you
> aren't conscious of things being "not red" or "not blue".
I'm still not clear on what you mean. If I almost have an accident
which could have left me in terrible pain should I feel something in
this world as a result of the near miss? Surely I would if the
counterfactuals have an effect on consciousness.
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