On 13 Nov 2012, at 00:48, Stephen P. King wrote:
On 11/12/2012 12:50 PM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
On 12 Nov 2012, at 17:08, Bruno Marchal wrote:
On 11 Nov 2012, at 21:16, Stephen P. King wrote:
This is what I wish to know and understand as well! AFAIK, comp
seems to only define a single conscious mind!
That is contradicted by step 3, which features two different
conscious mind, one in Moscow, and the other in M.
Then after UDA we know that arithmetic is full of quite different
conscious entities, from machines to many Gods and perhaps God.
You might confuse individual persons and the abstract Löbian
machine common to them.
Bruno talks about plurality but never shows how the plurality of
numbers and their mutual exclusive identities transfers onto a
plurality of minds.
It seems obvious, as arithmetic allow different machines with
different experiences and minds.
Once I said that I am open to the idea that there is only one first
If there is only one first person how is the content of such
There is only one person, in the sense of saying that if I duplicate
you in the WM way, you can consider that the person in W and M are the
same person (indeed you), but just put in different context.
No need to proceed if you disagree with this. It jusy makes sense: it
is consistent with comp, but the contrary too, so no need to proceed
on that identity question before understanding the whole UDA, as you
might be confused. It is really another topic.
My problem is that I don't understand how all of the possible points
of view implied by a plurality of minds can be combined together
into a single narrative of a self.
One the same person might have different experiences in this case.
Then, it an altogether different question to see if such lives can be
recombined. I think so, but again, this is not used in the reasoning.
the reason I think so is that we can wake up and realize we were doing
two dreams at once. It is not different than remembering two different
hollidays, and not being able to remember which one occur first.
That might also be confused with solipsism.
If there is only one mind that exists then that mind is
solipsistic by definition;
Not with the usual definition of solipsism, which makes the others
there are no other minds to consider.
The other mind still exists, even if they belong to the experiences of
the same person. It is like with time travel. You go in the past and
talk with yourself. That is locally two different minds, even if from
a later pov, they can appear to belong to the same person.
Comp does not exclude *logically* that I might wake up and realize
that dreamed both your life and mine.
"... the self is the only existing reality and that all other
reality, including the external world and other persons, are
representations of that self, and have no independent existence." It
seems that minds cannot know of each other directly at all.
Again, this is truly even more at the opposite of solipsism. It is
the case where not only you attribute consciousness to others, but
you attribute to them your own identity,
What does this mean: "you attribute to them your own identity?
Imagine you look at a video. You see children playing soccer, and then
after 10 minutes, you realize that one of the kid there is you. You
recognize yourself in that kid. Well, it is the same here. You
recognize yourself in some other.
where solipsism denies them consciousness and subjective identity
(and thus consider them as zombie).
Yes, in the case of strong solipsism, but solipsism is not a bad
thing if we are careful.
Solipsism is or the type fact, from the 1p view, but becomes a
plausible dangerous falsity as a metaphysical assumption. It is an
elimination of all the others. A zombification, we could say.
One mind cannot know the content of some other mind and thus minds
'do not exist' to each other (unless you use my weird definition of
Yes, that's the 1p fact.
To say that there is only person is very natural in the context of
the WM duplication experience, where from the 3-view,
I do not understand how the 3-view obtains in your thinking. Is
there an entity that has as its personal 1p the entire content of
this '3-view"? In my thinking the 3-view is an concept and is not
real at all.
Eventually there is no physical 3p, but without any 3p, then we are
back to the doctrinal ridiculous zombification of the other.
In comp we have arithmetic as a very good 3p base. Physics can be
used, like in UDA, but eventually physics is itself only 1p plural.
The 1p-plural can be very like a 3p, and can admit local 3p
descriptions, well, like in physics.
you are in both cities,
You are defining "you-ness" or "I-ness" in a strange way.
You must quote the whole paragraph. here the you was the 3p you (the
bodies, in that setting).
I only find myself in one location at any time.
Yes. That is the 1p view.
I join with John Clark in complaining about this strange idea that
you are promoting.
This contradicts all what you said for years. Gosh, you keep losing
me. You stop at step 3, now?
and then you differentiate, but you can still consider or
understand that the doppelganger is "you",
What maintains the identity?
The memory of your past, the content of the diary (again in the UDA
protocols). It is stable by the comp hypothesis.
What is the invariant under the transformations of location?
Many things. Arithmetic, computer science, the laws of mind, the laws
of thought, physics, etc.
put in a different context, and then you can generalize and get the
idea that we are all the same original amoeba,
Ummm, you are thinking of consciousness as if it where a single
continuous 'fluid" that is distributed over all forms of life?
but put in a quite big set of variate experiences and sensations,
which deludes us about our identity and we fail to recognize
ourselves in the others.
This is the greatest failing of humanity in my opinion, the lack
OK, but empathy is a weaker notion than what I was describing.
Empathy let you attribute consciousness and (human, animal) identity
to others, but this does not force you to put *your* identity in
others, which is a much stronger statement, mainly asserted by mystics
or logicians working in philosophy of mind or cognitive science. It
required some altered state of consciousness to make sense, and is
usually an handicap in the usual struggle of life. Of course, such
notion, when lived in some way, enhances the usual empathy, but the
contrapositive of it does not necessarily follow.
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