On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 10:59 PM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:
> On 9/21/2011 6:01 PM, Jason Resch wrote:
>> When you aren't thinking about what your mother looks like, she could look
>> like anyone, because your moment of awareness at that point in time is
>> consistent with existence in all those possible universes where she is a
>> different person. When the memory makes it into your awareness, it then
>> limits / selects the universes you belong to.
> Why is it that even though Tegmark wrote a paper showing it, nobody wants
> to admit that the brain is a classical system.
The Brain is classical, I agree.
> Unless you are taking Craig's dualist view that thought and memory are
> independent of your brain, your memory as instantiated in your brain already
> corresponded to who your mother is and to most of the rest of your history
Yes, but which brain are you right now? Are you the Brent in universe X
whose mother had green eyes, or the Brent in universe Y whose mother had
brown eyes. By the time you remember, you will have resolved which Brent
you are (and correspondingly which universe you are in) but then you've
opened up new uncertainties, and new universes compatible with your
existence: Are you in the universe where Brent's tooth brush is yellow, or
the universe where it is red, or some other color? Until you stop and
think, and this information enters your awareness (not your brain it is
already in each of your brains in each of those universes), your conscious
moment is compatible with Brents in various universes where your brush has
varying colors. Of course when you make the determination you find a fully
coherent and consistent history. Receipts for the tooth brush you bought, a
picture of your mom on the wall, etc.
> - excepting those instances where some quantum event was amplified
> sufficiently to create a superposition in your experience.
I am not sure if this qualifies as a super position, or just comp
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