On Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 4:26 PM, Stephen P. King <stephe...@charter.net> wrote:
> On 9/17/2012 1:20 PM, Terren Suydam wrote:
>> Stephen - the Matrix video is a faithful interpretation of comp, but
>> Craig's story is not, unless he includes the crucial narrative - that
>> of the simulated Craig eating the simulated meal. I expect Craig to
>> say that the simulated Craig, the one making the yummy noises, is a
>> zombie, and has no actual experience or inner narrative. He is
>> entitled of course to that position. He is just saying no to the
>> doctor.
>> Terren
> Dear Terren,
>     You are completely missing his point. He is highlighting the fact that
> there is a difference that makes a difference between the case of "of the
> simulated Craig eating the simulated meal" and "of the "real" Craig eating
> the "real" meal". There has to be a "grundlagen" level at which there is not
> a "simulation", there has to be a "real thing" that the simulations are some
> deformed copy of. I have postulated, following an idea from Stephen
> Woolfram, that a physical system (in its evolution) in the "real word" *is*
> the best possible "simulation" and thus it is literally the "real thing"
> that all images that we might have of it in our minds are mere simulations.
>     Craig is diving deep into this idea and looking at it "from the inside"
> and reporting to us his observations.

Craig is just asserting that comp is false. The Matrix video only
makes sense if you assume comp. The fact that you called that video
the "matrix version of Craig's story" was confusing to me because the
two rest on different assumptions. The movie shows us the character
eating and enjoying the simulated steak. In Craig's story he has no
experience of it.

If you assume comp then there is no "primary real" version of anything
(by the movie graph argument). Real is only phenomenological, like a
dream. You can never know, not even in principle, whether you are the
"real" version, it doesn't even make sense to ask the question. Below
the substitution level, there are an infinite ocean of universal
machines that instantiate your current state.


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