On 1/7/2014 10:36 PM, LizR wrote:
Max's main lacuna is the nature of consciousness, which he describes as "what data feels
like when it's being processed" - hardly a detailed theory. He starts his Mathematical
Universe Hypothesis from the opposite pole to Bruno, so to speak. I wonder if it's
possible for a particular mathemathical object to drop out of comp - after all, we do
appear to live in a universe with a specific set of laws of physics. Are these the only
ones that could be generated by comp (or generated by the existence of conscious beings
in Platonia) ? Maybe one needs to somehow intersect comp with the MUH to get the full story!
I think to be conscious you need memory and a sense of time passage (although Bruno
disputes this when he comes back from a salvia trip). To escape solipism there must be
objects your perceive, some of which act like you, and on which you can act (c.f. Dr
Johnson). That implies that there must be a quasi-classical world in order to support
consciousness (at least human-like consciousness).
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