On Sun, Jan 27, 2013 at 12:09 AM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:

>  On 1/26/2013 9:53 PM, Jason Resch wrote:
> I think what you are describing comes automatically with comp, as any
> observer only knows their direct observations, which could be created by
> any one of an infinite number of possible programs going through the same
> state.  Any one of these programs will have its own consistent history, but
> unless analyzed or explored further, that information is in a sense,
> undecided.  It is like: "Before you finish reading the second half of this
> sentence, the color of your toothbrush could have been any possible
> color."  However, now that you have finished reading it, and performed a
> memory look up you have changed the set of possible programs manifest your
> consciousness.  It is almost scary to think, when you aren't looking or or
> imagining/recalling what your mother, your wife, your children, they could
> look like or be almost anything (within some constraints of what is
> compatible with your experience in the moment you are not thinking of
> them).  And it is only when we "stop and think" we can for a time, lock
> down that possibility.
> 'You' are only a consistent history of experiences too, and so 'you' could
> be almost anything also.  But this fails to explain the intersubjective
> agreement of observers: That you AND your wife agree on what your children
> look like.

I don't see why it should fail to explain that agreement.  Any fact you
become conscious of should be consistent with all the other current content
of your mind and immediately perceptible environment (which includes the
apparent behavior of others).

> So unless you are a solipist, just dreaming your wife's agreement, an
> external reality becomes a good hypothesis.

I think there is an underlying reality which explains the consistency of
experiences.  I don't see why anything I said above implies the absence of
an external reality nor solipsism.  That external reality just happens to
be so big and so varied that it is easy for observers (or souls) to get
lost in it.


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