Re: Jacques, champion of quantum suicide

From: Wei Dai <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 05:01:39 -0800

On Tue, Jan 26, 1999 at 09:51:53AM -0000, Higgo James wrote:
> Jacques, Darwin has a lot of work to do before I become a slave to my genes,
> which is what you advocate. I don't say consciousness jumps magically.
> Our consciousness, like anything, exists in the same form in very many sets
> of universes. It doesn't make sense to say 'I am that one' or 'no, I'm that
> one'. You are all of them, and as many sets you could call 'you' get 'shut
> down' because of a vacuum collapse or supernova or quantum suicide
> experiemnt, they become no longer you, and irrelevant to you. This is not an
> everyday concept, and I am not surprised you have difficulty with it. But
> please persevere. Like Bryce DeWitt and MWI, you will eventually be its
> most ardent champion.

Some future versions of Jacques will become QS champions, and some won't.
And if we don't hear from you again, we'll assume that you rigged your
computer to explode upon receiving an unfavorable reply from Jacques...

Seriously, why can't we agree that there is no single right answer here,
just like there is no single right answer for the Coke vs Pepsi
question. Whether or not QS is rational depends on one's subjective
Received on Tue Jan 26 1999 - 05:06:09 PST

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