Re: hypotheses of everything

From: Wei Dai <>
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 16:19:25 -0800

On Mon, Nov 16, 1998 at 06:32:23PM -0500, Jacques M. Mallah wrote:
> BTW, I haven't quite figured out the archive yet. Really, it
> ought to be on the web, as text.

Good suggestion. I'll ask my ISP if that is possible.

> However, if we assume all the original programs are running at the
> same speed, the thing to do would be to look at the total number of
> conscious computations implemented by each as time goes to infinity. (For
> more on what I mean by an implementation, which is a nontrivial concept,
> see my web page on interpretation of QM.)

A big problem with this idea is that the probablities you end up with will
be very sensitive to the exact nature of the computer you're using to run
the programs. For example if you use a quantum computer instead of a
Turing machine, simulations of quantum universes will go much faster and
the conscious computations in those universes will have larger measures.
Received on Mon Nov 16 1998 - 16:26:04 PST

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