On 12 November 2013 16:03, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:

>  On 11/11/2013 6:38 PM, LizR wrote:
>>  Benjamin Button lived his life in reverse.
>>  Oh, right, like the guy in Martin Amis' "Time's Arrow" (itself a rip
> off from "An Age" by Brian Aldiss). Presumably according to QTI he's at the
> end of an infinite future lifetime, or whatever? But since he's unphysical
> I guess we can say what we like about him.
> "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" was by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1922).

Oh well, he gets precedence, then. But in any case I don't see any
particular relevance, probably that's my fault...

>  So I'll ask you the same thing I asked Quentin, what's you inference
>> from the fact you, and every body you've ever heard of died before reaching
>> age 150?
>  My normal inference is that everyone dies. Apparently the QTI throws
> doubt on this by pointing out that we have only sampled an infinitesimal
> proportion of the available branches of the multiverse, and that in another
> infinitesimal portion there might be people who live forever (somehow).
> But doesn't QTI imply that everybody is immortal, as Jason infers.  Did
> you read "Divided by Inifinity" yet?
> Yes it does, but only in infinitesimal slivers of the multiverse, which is
what I was trying to say in my roundabout way.

No I skimmed it, but I hope / think I get the point. Is there anything else
I should be taking from it apart from "this is what quantum immortality
might look like, assuming a nearby gamma ray burst and so on" ?

> What is your inference from the fact that everywhere you've ever travelled
> has been on or near the surface of a congenial planet supplied with air,
> water and all the necessities of life?
> That I'm the product of evolution on this planet.

Right, you're here in an extremely unlikely situation if you take random
samples from the universe. I was trying to draw a parallel here, if I can
just remember what it was...

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