On Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 08:02:02PM -0500, Jason Resch wrote:
> I don't think it is possible to define personal discontinuation (death) in
> terms of a local event or configuration that is setup in some corner of a
> universe.
> For instance, if the universe is infinitely big, one could recur infinitely
> often in an infinite number of places.  Without taking into account what
> happens in (in the past or future), one cannot say definitively that the cat
> will never be resurrected.  In fact, one cannot rule
> out resurrection without knowing what happens even in altogether different
> universes.
> Given this, it seems senseless to use the concept of "no cul de sac" in
> regards to worlds.  In some places of some worlds a person either dies or
> doesn't; but its not possible to set things up such that someone dies in all
> their futures, without being able to control everything that happens
> throughout all of reality.
> Jason

This is an argument from incredulity in favour of the "no cul de sac
conjecture". It is not a rigourous proof, AFAICT.

BTW - I'm not disagreeing with you - just stating that you don't have
a proof.


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