RE: valuable errors

From: Jacques M Mallah <>
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 19:09:44 -0400

On Fri, 16 Apr 1999, Higgo James wrote:
> Does your 'self' carry over from one planck-time to the next?
> I don't think so

        I don't see how the plank time has any relation whatsoever to the
question. If you mean just mean that the concept of identity, as anything
over and above specifying which computation is referred to, is not
fundamental or needed for computationalism, say so and that would be fine.

> and that voids all western philosophy.

        Of course you had to go and say a silly thing like that, once
again tempting me to use inappropriate language.
        Obviously your statement is false on its face. So to give you a
slight benefit of the doubt, I'll ask you to rephrase that. Perhaps some
of the philosophy you mean refers to the individual?
        It may help you to remember that Newtonian physics is wrong but
that it is more useful than ever. 'Particles' don't have well defined
paths, but we still need to calculate 'classical paths' for many objects.
        It may also help to remember that the MWI, computationalism,
decision theory, Bayesian reasoning, and democratic values all came from
Western philosophy.

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