Re: Fwd: why is death painful? - Validity and Morality of QS

From: Russell Standish <>
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 1999 14:03:08 +1000 (EST)

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> In a message dated 99-06-08 02:04:53 EDT, writes:
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> I think we are touching on the BIG PROBLEM that will concern the ethicisists
> of the 21th century and beyond. How to give meaning to physical life and
> counter QS in view of the MWI. For if we do not find a reason to counter QS
> the future of the human race is doomed (in most worlds) if the concept of
> measure can be quantified in any ways. >>
> The problem of QS and Quantum Immortality is major and, as the reality of
> Quantum theory trickles down into the general public and becomes "familiar,"
> these issues will probably become the most important moral dilemma of the
> future. Most recent posts have only been preaching to the choir and I am one
> of them. We need all the devil's advocates we can find. Are we or are we not
> immortal? Is QS "Good" or "Evil?" Do we want to become big fish in a small
> pond or small fish in a big pond? (I.e., restrict the measure of the world we
> perceive for our own benefit, OR allow ourselves to propagate as much as
> possible through the MW and suffer the strings of outrageous fortune. Let's
> hear some strong clear and convincing arguments opposing QS. Jacques Mallah
> were are you?

Why is this important? It is clear that QS as a meme has low survival
value, and so would not propagate through the whole human
population. Most of the humans that share our own here and now will
believe that suicide is not worth it (for whatever reason). Those that
do will die in our universe and therefore be irrelevant to it, and
have little influence over what the bulk of the population believes.

Dr. Russell Standish Director
High Performance Computing Support Unit,
University of NSW Phone 9385 6967
Sydney 2052 Fax 9385 7123
Room 2075, Red Centre
Received on Tue Jun 08 1999 - 21:02:01 PDT

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