On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 5:40 AM, Telmo Menezes <te...@telmomenezes.com>wrote:
> We always feel that we are a single person > Yes but the copy that walked out of the duplicating chamber with you (or perhaps you are the copy and he is the original, no way to tell and no reason to care) also feels like a single person, and the exact same single person that you do. > We feel that we have a past; > Yes, and the copy of you that was made 5 seconds ago vividly remembers when he was in kindergarten 20 years ago. > if you use Everett's interpretation to think about reality, then personal > pronouns become ambiguous in the exact same way that you always point out. > No they do not. In Everett it's always obvious who I'm talking about when I use the personal pronoun "you", it's the only other fellow in the room with me; but in Bruno's thought experiment there is a man standing to the right of the duplicating machine and a identical looking man standing to the left of the duplicating machine and they both have a equal right to use the grand title "you". > Under the MWI, observing the behaviour of an electron is equivalent to > going through a duplicator, > No it is not because in MWI the entire universe is duplicated including the observer so he never sees more than one electron so he can safely use the pronoun "it"; but with Bruno's duplicating chamber the observer is not duplicated only the electron is, so he sees 2 electrons, so to avoid ambiguity that solo observer would have to say "it on the right" or "it on the left", just saying "it" won't do. > Personal pronouns are part of language that evolved under a certain model > of reality > Yes, and the environment personal pronouns evolved in did NOT include duplicating chambers, if it had the rules of grammar regarding them would be very different from what they are now. John K Clark -- 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.