On 7/14/2012 9:48 AM, Stephen P. King wrote:

No, the reverse is the case. The "belongs to an infinity of computations making yousingling out some stable patterns" requires the prior existence of the "you" to selectit. The observer (you here) effectively is the measure via a self-selection rule. Icannot discount my own existence given the immediate fact that I am experiencing myselfas existing. Descartes' Cognito ergo Sum is a pointed statement of this unassailablefact. We cannot put the observer on a level that is emerging from the computations ifthe observer is the one that is selecting the class of computations that are generatingsaid observer.

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`How does this comport with Everett's QM which has it that there is no unique, persistent`

`"you" to do the selecting. It seems a simple matter of logic that any theory which sets`

`out to explain consciousness cannot assume an observer, on pain of circularity.`

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