On 4/5/2012 12:39 PM, David Nyman wrote:
I confess this smells to me like the wrong sort of theory. On the other hand, if comp is true the story can be somewhat more subtle. Comp + consciousness (the "internal view" of arithmetical truth) implies an infinity of possible histories, in which natural selection, of features advantageous to macroscopic entities inhabiting a macroscopic environment, is a particularly consistent strand.
I think that's the story even if comp is false.
It also entails parallel strands of "evolutionary history" - i.e. at the level of wave function - which need make no reference to any such macro features but nonetheless imply the same gross distributions of matter.
Are you contemplating consciousness as a kind of equivalence relation that picks out the different branches of Everett's MWI, i.e. solves the basis problem of decoherence? That would seem to make every quasi-classical object conscious.
But such a schema does entail a "causal" role for consciousness, as the unique integrator of discontinuous subjective perspectives,
To refer to 'subjective' perspectives seems to already assume consciousness. Brent
but at a very different logical level than that of "physical causation" (i.e. the reductive structural relation between states). David
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