2011/5/6 Stephen Paul King <stephe...@charter.net>

>   Dear Russell,
>
>   *From:* Russell Standish <li...@hpcoders.com.au>
> *Sent:* Friday, May 06, 2011 7:27 AM
> *To:* everything-list@googlegroups.com
> *Subject:* Re: Against the Doomsday hypothesis
>  On Thu, May 05, 2011 at 08:32:02PM -0400, Stephen Paul King wrote:
> > Hi Folks,
> >
> > >     I have been thinking hard about the Doomsday Argument and a
> > question struck me. Why does it seems that genomic heredity does not
> > seem to play any role in the determination of what body, location,
> > etc. one discovers one’s 1p (subjective sense of self in the world) to
> > exist in.
>
> Are you not answering your own question with this? What relevance does
> your genome have for your 1p existence?
>
>  [SPK]
>
>      My physical body has myopia and certain other physical
> characteristics that are consistent with some finite set of possible
> parents. My daughter has similar physical characteristics, as well as
> artistic ability that are similar to that of my lovely and talented wife. My
> point is that where our consciousness finds itself might have some thing to
> do with the properties of one’s ancestors and not because of some abstract
> statistical measure. Unless we accept some ambiguous form of reincarnation
> of souls, which is dualist in the Cartesian sense, then there is a strong
> physical reason why the body that my consciousness experiences is what it
> is. It is this kind of hereditary variable that seems to be neglected in the
> DA. My 1p seems to be constrained by physical properties in a way that does
> not allow me to claim that the physical world is, at best, an epiphenomena
> of numbers.
>
>      My parents lived in a certain area when this body that I associate
> with was born, their respective parents lived in Texas and Main, etc. This
> location, while subject to indeterminacy via Bruno’s teleportation/copying
> argument, does seem to at least partially address the question of “why do I
> find myself in a particular place, time, body, etc.?” So maybe my difficulty
> is in understanding the motivation of the DA and this in turn makes me less
> than sanguine about the “Ants are not conscious” argument. I worry that we
> are misapplying our knowledge of the mathematics of statistics to morph the
> Hard Problem into a problem of measure.
>
>      I think that the ‘Surprise 20 Questions’ idea that John Wheeler
> considered in his famous ‘It from Bit’ paper might be more appropriate. Any
> OM that is a possible continuance of another OM must not contain information
> that is inconsistent with any previous OM in its sequence, up to some
> constant that relates to the upper bound on the resolving power of a typical
> measurement. We additionally need to consider that possible interactions
> between physical systems would also constrain the information in the OMs
> such that no OM in a sequence could contain information that contradicts
> that of another that is related to some separate but co-existing system.
>      Instead of thinking of the content of OMs in terms of some
> statistical measure, I think that it might be a better idea to consider
> exactly how OM are sequenced together such that the White Rabbit problem is
> minimized.
>

Isn't it exactly the difference between ASSA and RSSA ?

Regards,
Quentin


>  This method is what Pratt uses in his residuation idea in his process
> dualism solution to the concurrency problem, where each state/event
> transition occurs so long as both physical conservation laws and logical
> non-contradiction laws are upheld. It seems to me that this bypasses the
> measure problem completely.
>
>  Onward!
>
>  Stephen
>
>
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