On 8/16/2012 8:22 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
On 16 Aug 2012, at 15:06, meekerdb wrote:
On 8/16/2012 2:52 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
On 15 Aug 2012, at 17:29, meekerdb wrote:
On 8/15/2012 3:15 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
It is mine if the random generator is part of me. It is not mine if
the generator is outside of me (eg flipping the coin).
I don't see this. Why would the generator being part of you make it your choice? You
might define "me" and "part of me" before. It is not clear if you are using the
usual computer science notion of me, or not, but I would say that if the root of the
choice is a random oracle, then the random oracle makes the choice for me. It does
not matter if the coin is in or outside my brain, which is a local non absolute notion.
I'd say the crucial difference is whether you chose to use the random oracle (i.e.
flip a coin) or you make a random decision (due to a K40 decay) without knowing it.
If I don't it, in what sense is it my free personal decision?
Don't do which? You can flip a coin and then change your mind and not do what it
indicates, so whether to follow the coin or not is your decision. The decision due to
the K40 decay is just another branch in Everett's multiverse.
Apology. I meant: if I don't know it. If I flip a coin and don't respect the output, the
decision is mine indeed, but if I stick to my decision of following the random result,
then, well, that decision (to follow the coin) is mine, but the decision to drink tea
instead of coffee, with the coin, is the coin or God decision. I refer to the coin, and
not to me. I can say that I abandon my decision to the coin throwing process. I stop to
It seems that it's a question of demarcating a somewhat fuzzy boundary between "me" and
the rest of the world. As Dennett says, "You can avoid responsibility for everything if
you just make yourself small enough." You often refer to the person as the 1p view 'from
the inside'. How 'big' is the person in this theory? What's the boundary between the
person and the world he sees from his 1p view?
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