On Wed, Dec 27, 2023 at 8:32 PM Brent Meeker <meekerbr...@gmail.com> wrote:

>> A soul is unique but information can be duplicated.
> *> Not if it's quantum, i.e. in qubits,*

It's true that a qubit can't be duplicated (although it can be transported)
but the thing that makes you be you must be conventional information not
quantum information. Everybody has a few radioactive elements in their
body, potassium being the most important, and every second about 5000 of
those unstable nuclei decay. So, even if we ignore the far larger effect of
the external environment constantly interacting with you, your body enters
a different quantum state every 1/5000 of a second. And if Many Worlds is
correct then every second you split into 5000 different worlds that are
almost, but not quite, identical with this one. Yet in spite of all that
you feel that, apart from sleeping, your subjectivity has been continuous
and you still feel like you.

> * > which it may soon be after you're uploaded to Google's newest
> computer.*

Who knows, if I'm very lucky I might be uploaded into a quantum computer,
but there is no evidence the human brain is a quantum computer and there
are very strong reasons to suggest it is not. The brain is much too hot and
chaotic, a quantum computer needs much calmer conditions. And we are even
worse than conventional computers at doing things that quantum computers
are especially good at, like factoring large numbers or simulating complex
quantum systems (like any atom heavier than hydrogen) to figure out exactly
what it will do. Even crude approximations are very difficult to do without
the help of a computer.
  John K Clark    See what's on my new list at  Extropolis


> The soul is and will always remain unfathomable, but information is
> understandable, in fact information is the ONLY thing that is
> understandable.
> Information unambiguously exists, I don't think anyone would deny that,
> but even if the soul exists it will never be proven scientifically.
> So do I agree with "TESCREAL"? I don't know, but I do know two things, I
> don't like acronyms and I don't agree with Charlie Stross.

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