2012/3/14 John Clark <johnkcl...@gmail.com> > On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 Quentin Anciaux <allco...@gmail.com> wrote: > > >> > What you're telling is that a question like "what is the probabilty >> that events happens to me in one second ?" is not a legitimate question, >> > > No, in this case that is a perfectly legitimate question because in the > above you didn't say anything about making numerous copies of yourself so > in the quotation it is clear who "me" is, and that is the case with most > normal conversations. Normally you are free to use as many personal > pronouns as you like and everybody still knows what you're talking about, > but in philosophical discussions about identity involving bizarre (but not > illogical) thought experiments with lots of copies of you running around > and then to ask what one and only one thing will "I" do next is nuts. > > The entire point of the exercise is to focus in on what is meant by "I" > and then you use "I" as if it's meaning is already known right at the start > of the thought experiment! It's like saying the definition of "big" is a > word used to describe something that is big, but if I didn't already know > what "big" means then that is just not helpful, and if I did know then I > don't need the definition. >
Then do the though experiment with *yourself*... you know what you are, then in MWI or COMP settings, at *each moment* your are "duplicated" a gogolplex time, then either "what is the probability that such event happens to *you* in one second ?" is a legitimate question or it is not. The question above can never be legitimate (according to you) in those settings, but if MWI or COMP are true... that means "No, in this case that is a perfectly legitimate question" is impossible and you are inconsistent asserting it. Either it is legitimate or it is not. If MWI is true, it's true, and no language game can change that. Quentin > > John K Clark > > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "Everything List" group. > To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. > To unsubscribe from this group, send email to > everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. > For more options, visit this group at > http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en. > -- All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en.