On 01 May 2010, at 22:02, Brent Meeker wrote:
On 5/1/2010 12:25 PM, Rex Allen wrote:
So you do have a theory of consciousness in which we can have
On Sat, May 1, 2010 at 3:14 PM, Brent Meeker
This argument is not
definitive mainly because we don't have a definitive theory of
consciousness, but to the extent we assume a physical basis for
consciousness it seems pretty good.
Ha! As long as you assume there is no problem of consciousness, then
there's no problem! That is pretty good.
DM (digital mechanism, comp ...) entails somehow that all thought are
timeless; But thoughts related to universal machines which makes them
felt as being embedded in time-structure.
Amazingly enough some plants can make you live timeless consciousness
(google on salvia divinorum reports). Despite DM, I thought such
experience was not "memorizable", but apparently they are.
Let me make some comments related to other posts:
About TS (technological singularity): I have a theory according to
which this happens each time an universal entity generates an
universal entity. In that sense the following are probable examples of
- the big bang (in the theories where that exists)
- the origin of life
- the origin of brain
- the origin of thought
- the origin of languages
- the origin of computers/universal machine
- the origin of programming languages
All those TS, and infinitely many others, exist out of time and space
in any unravelling of arithmetical truth.
The Löbian machine is the most intelligent entities that can exist,
but "programming it" make it a slave, and its "soul falls".
What some people call TS is not when machine will be as clever as us,
but as stupid as us, probably. Stupidity develops when we confuse
competence and intelligence. Intelligence is needed to develop
competence, but competence has a negative feedback on intelligence.
About BB (Boltzmann brains):
BB provide a physicalist rendering of the (mathematical) UD paradox.
The UD, and thus elementary arithmetic, generates all BB's states, in
infinitely many histories. You can extract the measure on them by the
use of the logic of arithmetical self-reference, and this up to now
confirms QM. We are not BB, statistically, and we belong to infinities
of deep computations generated by infinitely many universal machines
interfering statistically below our substitution levels (the origin of
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