On 27 September 2013 14:18, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote: > On 9/26/2013 6:47 PM, LizR wrote: > > On 27 September 2013 13:03, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote: > >> On 9/26/2013 6:05 PM, Russell Standish wrote: >> >> This is a sort of cul de sac experience, which has to be impossible to >> create if QTI is true. The existence of a universal dovetailer entails >> the lack of all cul de sac experiences (Comp immortality). >> >> >> So does it make loss of consciousness impossible? ....under >> anesthesia?...forever? >> > > Surely not, because from a first person perspective one just goes to > sleep and wakes up again (or experiences dreams). "No cul de sac" implies > there's no way to stop consciousness permanently. > > > I know it implies that, but I see no reason to believe it. The question > isn't whether consciousness continues, but whether *your* consciousness, a > particular consciousness continues. To say otherwise is like saying you > can't kill the guy in Moscow because he has a duplicate in Washington. > > This is the "Haraclitus" problem (or observation, if you don't consider it a problem). The man can't step into the same river because he isn't the same man. The consciousness that continues after any given moment is, presumably, the next moment of consciousness which is the "best continuation" of the last one. This seems similar to the view in FOR that the multiverse is made of "snapshots" which give the appearance of forming continuous histories (ignoring whether you can slice up space-time into snapshots...)
So there's a certain amount of "mini-death-and-mini-rebirth" going on every second in the normal process of consciousness (in this view). Deciding what counts as a continuation and what doesn't seems a bit ... problematic. (And of course there are many continuations from any given moment.) -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.