Hi Russell,

    Could you point me toward some discussion of the method to relativize the 
argument?

Onward!

Stephen

From: Russell Standish 
Sent: Monday, May 09, 2011 5:35 AM
To: everything-list@googlegroups.com 
Subject: Re: Against the Doomsday hypothesis
On Mon, May 09, 2011 at 03:44:48AM -0400, Stephen Paul King wrote:
>     But surely you can see that this “linear human history” is one
> that can only be defined from the assumption that “all human history”
> can be determined. That’s the rub, it assumes the ability to know
> something that requires the existence of an external (to the
> multiverse) observer! That is cheating! We have to onl

That is why it is important that the argument can be relativised to
the history that you find yourself in. I'm not saying this has been
done, but it certainly has been considered. It does look possible,

> y consider information that is available from measurements that obey the laws 
> of physics otherwise we are no better than the Scholastics and their debates 
> about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin! If our philosophy is 
> not based on 
> empirical falsifiability we are merely amusing ourselves with “who is the 
> smartest guy in the room”. I, would not win that contest and do not wish to 
> even participate in the contest. I am just a guy trying to figure things out.
>     It seems to me that people will try to always reason as if they are in 
> the right hand side of the bell curve, it’s just vanity.
> 
> Onward!
> 
> Stephen
> 
> 
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