A robot could do the actual measurement and the output might not have to be 
read by a conscious entity. Whether there is some conscious reckoning of 
these outcomes is not clear. It seems to me the most reasonable role of a 
conscious entity is in raising the question that requires these tests. 
There is some curious relationship I think between Bayesian update and 
ergodic nature of sampling. If all of this is real it seems implausible the 
observed universe is reified this way with only one IGUS in the universe 
with data that is likely to have errors.

To be honest I have no idea whether this is or is not the case. It does 
though gives some food for various thoughts.


On Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7:08:36 PM UTC-6, Brent wrote:
> So you're back to Wigner's theory that consciousness collapses the 
> wave-function?  Which of course raises the question of whether it needs to 
> be a consciousness with a PhD or will an undergraduate  or a jellyfish do?
> Brent
> On 2/6/2018 1:04 PM, Lawrence Crowell wrote:
> The only conceivable cosmological implication for intelligent life is that 
> it performs a cosmological version of the Wheeler Delayed Choice 
> Experiment. Maybe a  huge ensemble, maybe infinite if the universe is 
> infinite, number of measurements of cosmological parameters, say in 
> particular the inflationary cosmological parameter, serves as a 
> superselection of this value in a WDCE. This would involve some physics 
> with respect to the relationship between Bayesian updates and the ergodic 
> principle that are not understood now. We humans might just be one IGUS who 
> makes this measurement and the mean of these measurements in a post update 
> WDCE sense defines the parameters of the observable universe.

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