Re: consciousness based on information or computation?

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Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 20:40:40 EST

In a message dated 99-01-29 12:43:50 EST, Hal write:

<< Some versions of the many-worlds model consider the universe to be
 branching at each point into multiple universes. This is harder to
 capture in a static picture. You can do it but it doesn't seem as
 natural. However another way to view this model is to have, instead
 of a single universe which branches into many, many initially identical
 universes which then differentiate themselves. These are equivalent ways
 of looking at the same phenomenon. With the differentiating-universes
 model we again have a simple flow of time within each universe and a very
 simple representation of processes in that universe as static structures.

Hal describes the popular version of the MWI according to which the whole
universe branching for every quantum event taking place. Needless to say, this
interpretation invokes a highly nonlocal process.

My views of MWI (and I am probably not the first one to think that way) is
that locality can be restored by assuming that the universe is already split
in a very large number of dimensions and it is WE, the observers, who split as
the wave function propagates through this superspace. Each point of the wave
function provides a three dimensional "perspective" of this superspace simply
because the (everyday) laws of physics are restricted to operate in 3D. I am
curious to know what the common view of the MWI is: 1) either the whole
universe splitting for every quantum event, 2) or the wave function
propagating (and splitting) in a very large dimensional superuniverse.

George Levy
Received on Fri Jan 29 1999 - 17:43:42 PST

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